Trademarks are used to identify and protect brands, products and services and they are protected by IP law. When registering or purchasing a domain name, it is important to do a trademark search first to ensure you’re not going to find yourself in a dispute later with someone who already has a trademark on the name.
If you feel a bit out of your depth you are not alone, we’d highly recommend consulting a lawyer who specialises in IP law. DNTrade sponsors Cooper Mills Lawyers are not only experts in IP law but also a range of other specialties including Domain Name Law.
It is also possible to apply online via the Australian government website IP Australia.
To search for a trademark in Australia visit:
To search for trademarks internationally visit:
- http://www.ipneighborhood.com/ (AU and US)
If you are after information about protecting international trademarks in .com.au, check out this useful article from AusRegistry http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/a-guide-to-protecting-international-trademarks-in-comau
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