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.Gay Trademark Application Filed

June 27, 2011.gay, Domaining, Domainnamewire, new top level domain names, Policy & LawComments Off on .Gay Trademark Application Filed

Trademark frontrunning continues.

A Washington man has filed an intent-to-use trademark application for “.gay” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Thomas Petersen DBA Creighton Investments, LLC filed the application on June 20 just after ICANN approved a plan to open up the top level domain name system.

Petersen doesn’t seem to be connected to either of the two groups that have publicly announced plans to apply for the .gay top level domain name thus far.

But the trademark application won’t get far. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t approve trademarks for top level domain names. Some applicants find ways to squirrel around the field of use to slip one past the examiner, but Petersen’s application is quite blunt:

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers extension for top level world wide web domain name extension for all domains ending in “.gay” to be first used in commerce upon provisioning by ICAAN. The mark will be used to promote, identify and market websites pertaining to the gay and lesbian population.

…Trademark is asserted only for use as a Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers extension for top level world wide web domain name extension for all domains www.example.gay

Petersen simultaneously filed a trademark application for .omni.

This isn’t the first time someone has filed a trademark application for .gay. A Toronto company tried in 1997 but gave up the following year.


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