February 10, 2005

You've got a domain name

An amazing NAF decision: AOL complained about the registration of youvegotg-mail.com. The respondent was not heard when he argued that the term “youvegotg-mail” is a play on words derived from “common and widely used vernacular” and that it “relates specifically to our product concept.”
Gmail is also a sign used by Google for its e-mail service. Interestingly, AOL's trademarks have already been involved in disputes regarding domain names combining two trademarks owned by different persons, like aol-microsoft.com or aol-sony.com (see NAF, Feb. 1, 2002; WIPO, D2002-0485, Jul. 30, 2002).

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