• DeWayne

Don't Forget About the Domain Name When Protecting I.P.

Updated: Mar 6, 2018

Most of the time the issue of domain name (or URL) doesn't come up when people talk about protecting intellectual property. However, it's an important aspect of your intellectual property folder. Take this story from the New York Times as a cautionary warning:


Consider what happened to Tracey Deschaine, who runs a restaurant called Dixie Picnic in Ocean City, N.J. When Ms. Deschaine opened her business in 2006, she secured trademarks on her business name and logo and on the name of her signature item, “upcakes,” which are upside-down frosted cupcakes. The problem, she says, was that even though she had obtained the trademarks, someone monitoring the activity on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site had spotted her application and secured upcakes.com as the Web address, or U.R.L., before she could.“I had no idea that even though I have a trademark, someone else could just go register the U.R.L.,” she said. “I wish I had planned ahead and bought the site before I did that.”

As part of the trademark search and registration process, make sure to also check to see if the domain for your mark is available. If it's not, then you may have an issue using or registering the mark. If it is available, snap it up before filing your trademark application.


For more information about our Trademark + Copyright services, click here.


Recent Posts

See All

Beware of Trademark Scams!

Shortly after filing a trademark application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), you may receive official-looking letters or invoices seeking payment relating to your trademark registrati

Trademarks 101

Trademarks are an important way to protect your business, but are often confused with two other types of intellectual property protection: copyrights and patents. Trademarks typically protect brand na

How To: Choose a Business Name

One of the most important and potentially challenging steps of starting a business is choosing a business name. For some, choosing a business name is simple, quick and obvious to the business owner. F

DeWayne Pope LLC logo

Legal support for innovative creators + entrepreneurs + small businesses

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey Google+ Icon

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.


THE ALABAMA STATE BAR REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING DISCLAIMER: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

© 2019 by DeWayne Pope, LLC | All Rights Reserved.