TM owners squeeze my domain name

Started by Kaustubh, Dec 06, 2022, 04:13 AM

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Hello, did anyone face a similar problem to mine? I have a website with the domain name, but the owners of the "Horns and hooves" trademark in France, who also have their own website with the domain, are trying to take me to court because I registered the domain without their permission.

I would appreciate it if any fellow lawyers could share their insights on how this situation could be resolved.


If a registered trademark matches the domain name, it could result in losing the domain without compensation or, even worse, paying for lost profits (up to $100K in some cases). It's important to locate the trademark registration certificate and seek advice from a lawyer with experience in this area, as they are typically available in offices dealing with trademark registration.

It's always better to be proactive and take precautions to avoid legal disputes over domain names and trademarks. Make sure to research thoroughly before registering a domain name and check for any potential conflicts with existing trademarks.


To save a domain from being taken away by the owners of a trademark, one option is to apply for a trademark registration under a different class that's not included in the opponent's application. Creating a site with products from the corresponding classes on the domain can strengthen the case for retaining the domain.

Alternatively, changing the name and using the domain for your personal website is another solution. However, if the copyright holder of the current trademark claims the domain name and the website features their goods, it might be best to consider selling the domain name and resolving the issue amicably.


Trademarks often overlap in different fields of activity, which can be a problem in different countries if there are no international agreements. Examples like Microsoft underwear and Google scarves demonstrate this issue.

Domain names pose a challenge since they can't be exclusive to just one type of business. For instance, who should own the domain name — Microsoft or Microsoft (underwear)? Both trademarks have rights to it.

After reading comments on this topic, I was disturbed. Cyber squatters are not technically thieves since they aren't stealing anything from anyone, but they're engaging in speculation. Drawing comparisons to investors buying up a particular commodity before a predicted shortage, the practice is not exactly theft. However, many people historically dislike speculators, especially when they benefit from being ahead of the curve. It's important to approach this issue objectively.


In situations like this, it's common for trademark disputes to be resolved through negotiation or legal proceedings. It would be advisable to consult with an intellectual property lawyer to obtain specific legal advice and guidance tailored to your situation. They can assess the merits of the case and advise you on potential strategies to protect your rights or reach a resolution.

Trademark disputes can often involve complex legal factors, such as the registration and ownership of domain names, international jurisdiction issues, and the scope of protection for a trademark in different countries. Resolving such a dispute may involve several steps:

1. Consultation with a lawyer: Seek advice from an intellectual property lawyer who specializes in trademark law. They can provide you with guidance on the specific laws and regulations relevant to your case.

2. Assessing the strength of the trademark claim: Your lawyer will evaluate the validity and enforceability of the "Horns and hooves" trademark in France and its potential impact on your website's domain name registration.

3. Negotiation and mediation: Your lawyer might suggest opening a dialogue with the owners of the "Horns and hooves" trademark in France to explore potential compromise or resolution outside of court. Mediation can be a useful method for finding common ground and avoiding lengthy litigation.

4. Legal proceedings: If negotiation fails, litigation may be necessary. This can involve presenting arguments and evidence in court to determine the validity of the trademark claim and the registration of the domain name.

5. Settlement or judgment: The final outcome could involve a settlement agreement between both parties or a court judgment that determines the rights and obligations of each party involved.