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U.S. Shuns .Music Trademark Ahead of New TLD Launch

June 14,, constantine roussos, Domaining, Domainnamewire, new top level domain names, Policy & Law, trademarksComments Off on U.S. Shuns .Music Trademark Ahead of New TLD Launch

Trademark office questions use in commerce of .music logo.

.musicConstantine Roussos has made it clear that he plans to use international trademarks to help him win the .music top level domain name during the application process.

But the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn’t playing a long.

On December 31 Roussos filed a trademark application for a .music logo. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wrote back saying there were two problems:

1. The mark hasn’t been used in commerce “in connection with the identified services as of the filing date of the application.” In other words, Roussos has used the logo but not for the goods and services identified since no one can actually register .music domain names right now.

2. The application must disclaim the descriptive wording “.MUSIC”. Filing a design trademark that includes .music may be a clever way to claim rights to .music, but the USPTO isn’t hearing it.

Roussos isn’t the only one filing trademarks on top level domain names before the application window even opens. I think this will be one of the messy areas during the application process.

Roussos’ .music campaign has its first announced competitor. I expect there to be more.

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