How do I get a trademark to protect my domain name?

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There is a domain I'd like for one of my projects, but when I go there, it is just a pointer to another site that has nothing to do with my domain name.

I once bought a domain for a project I might do, and someone in Australia abducted it from me. Must have been a trademark.

How do I file a trademark so I can usurp this person and get my domain, so that I can kick these people aside? Is that it? A trademark? I doubt they have one. Can I check it safely?
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
How do I file a trademark..
You need a law firm doing this for you.
efrimpolCommented:
A trademark and a domain name are two separate entities.  A trademark, by definition, "can be any word, sign, symbol or graphic that you apply to your company, goods or services to distinguish them from those of your competitors; for example, a brand, product or company name, or logo."

A domain name is merely a means of identifying yourself to the world so they can locate you and/your business. Individuals and/or companies buy domain names for the purpose of protecting their name. Others buy it simply to hold on to in the event someone else tries to obtain that particular name, they can then sell it at a huge profit. You can sue to obtain the particular name, but you have to be able to prove the originality of it and that is was yours to begin with. Definitely would seek legal counsel on that.

It is much harder to obtain a domain name trademark than just a domain name. It really has to be so unique that no one in the entire globe has it, like the company that founded Nike, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Starbucks. As you can see, these names are so unique that not only can you be sued for using their name, you can sued for using their logo (Nike has the curved check mark, Pepsi and Coke both have their distinct logos and of course, Starbucks has that lady-thingy. You will also notice the little "TM" underneath the logo. That's the Trade Mark symbol that protects the image from being used without expressed permission from the company.

Bottom line, as suggested, seek legal help.

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beavoidSelf EmployedAuthor Commented:
I registered a mark for my old blog name, on-line.

This page seems familiar. It was with USPTO, so I used this page last time:

https://www.trademarkengine.com/sem/file/trademark-registration?gclid=CjwKCAjwgYPZBRBoEiwA2Xeupc2M89kzoe-HI5FVymsEmZpSkkTpc2yoe-VyQ8vGm4aoy-uvNXASAhoCrowQAvD_BwE

I'll just do this again.
Thanks
efrimpolCommented:
ok, kool.
beavoidSelf EmployedAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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