19 Jul '13, 6pm

#USPS loses to #Amazon.com on .Mail top level domain objection

U.S. mail service tried to argue .mail infringed on its rights for “U.S. Mail” . The United States Postal Services’ Legal Rights Objection to Amazon.com’s bid to run the .mail top level domain name has been denied by a World Intellectual Property Organization panelist. The USPS’ objection to all seven applications for .mail was one of the most head-scratching of all objections. The objection was based on trademarks that include the word mail, primarily “U.S. Mail”. The USPS does not have a trademark for “mail”, and that was the major stumbling block in its objection. It tried to argue that, in the United States, “consumers will expect the .mail gTLD to originate from the United States Postal Service”. Given that domain names are global, it effectively argued that U.S. consumers’ association to the word mail was enough to block a global generic term. It tried to submit an a...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2013/07/19/usps-loses-to-amazon...

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