With domain name purchasing on the rise numerous people are registering names blindly without realizing that the names they’re registering are infringing on someone’s trademark.
This has resulted in many receiving cease and desist letters, which have ultimately lead to giving up the domain name and even left them with a major dent in their wallet; a $100,000 fine!
To think that you could get bankrupt from simply registering a $10 domain is intimidating to the say the least, but no worries we found a great tool for you to use to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Instead of heading straight over to GoDaddy or Namecheap the next time you want to buy a domain, get into the habit of first searching if that name you have in mind has been trademarked.
The easiest way to do this is by using a site called Trademark247.com
Their database is updated on a daily basis and contains trademarks going all the way back to 1823.
All you have to do is type the name you planned on registering and click on search.
If the search triggers results matching the exact name or very similar to the one you entered, then you should not attempt to register the domain.
If on the other hand, there are no results then that means no one has trademarked that particular name and you are free to registrar the domain and/or trademark the name yourself.
Whether you decide to use Trademark247 before you search for the domain name or vise versa it really doesn’t matter. One thing that we suggest is to try hold your excitement of the name in question until after you’ve searched on both.
We realize that this process could get a bit tedious for those that buy domain names in bulk, but if its going to prevent you from getting into any legal drama then we say it’s definitely worth it in the end!
If you have another option to finding whether or not the name you’re registering is trademarked or copyrighted, then comment below we’d love to hear about it.