14 January 2014

Trademark, Intent, Bad Faith, Domain Names, Abuse

When Intent Matters in Trademark Matters | Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. - JDSupra: " . . . Permission to focus on intent is almost ubiquitous in trademark practice. The fruits of proving intent can be rewarding. When we seek to establish cybersquatting or compel the transfer of an offending domain name, bad faith intent to profit is required. And, proving that an adversary lacked a bona fide intent-to-use a trademark can achieve cancellation of the resulting registration. Invalidating an opponent’s trademark for abandonment calls for proof of non-use coupled with no intention to resume use in commerce and in the ordinary course of trade. . . .Imputing motives and intentions to people is a messy, dangerous, and emotional business, trademark types should honor the law’s permission to to explore proof of bad faith intent, but not abuse it." (read more at link above)

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