Looking to come up with a domain name and slogan for my website.

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

I am looking to come up with a domain name for my new website. The goal of this domain is to help the site develop into a brand. That the name will be memorable for users to come back and remember. I have hired a professional company that specializes in coming up with these names as well as slogans for me to use. The concern is that when they provide me with this list to choose from of names to use that another company somewhere in the world is using that name. I need your advice on how I should avoid this problem.

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  1. Michael Kevin Cernyar

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    Answered . Choose your favorite names and give them an order. Then retain an Intellectual Property firm that does such searches. In addition, you want to ensure that the name is not in the public domain. If it is then you lose your identity. Coke, Kleenix and Xerox ran across that problem.

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  2. David Nima Sharifi

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    Answered . To avoid the issue of trademark infringement by adopting a brand name and domain name that someone else is using, the best practice is to conduct a trademark search and clearance report, and receive consultation from an experienced trademark attorney on the trademark-ability of the brand of your choice. Assuming the mark is protectable, the attorney can advise you on securing trademark registration, domain names, and social media properties under the chosen moniker, and prepare and file the trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    That aside, I'd like to also hear about your business plan, the website development plan and strategy, and the revenue strategy. If you'd like to discuss by phone or come into the office, feel free to contact me.


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  3. Andrew Mark Jaffe

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    Answered . Once you have chosen your favorite name from the list contact an intellectual property lawyer to run a search and file a trademark.

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  4. Maurice N Ross

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    Answered . One of the main jobs of intellectual property counsel is to conduct a "clearance analysis" when clients propose to use specific trademarks to brand their businesses. Before choosing a trademark, you need to retain experienced counsel to conduct a clearance analysis. This is the only way to avoid the problem that you are concerned about.

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