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Date of First Use in Commerce in Application for Trademark Not Evidence

As a general rule, there can be no bad faith registration of a domain name registered prior to the existence of a trademark. For a complainant to prevail on the first requirement that it has a trademark right, the date of first use in commerce disclosed in the application must pre-date the registration of the […]

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Proof of First Use in Commerce Earlier than Domain Name

Ordinarily, a domain name registered prior to the complainant’s acquisition of a trademark could not have been registered in bad faith “because the registrant could not have contemplated the complainant’s then non-existent right,” WIPO Overview paragraph 3.1. The trademark and disputed domain name in Spacebound, Inc. v. Amaben Internet Services Inc., D2011-1403 (WIPO October 3, […]

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