Many times clients will ask me if they need to register their business’s web domain as a trademark. The answer is maybe. If your business’s name has been used in commerce, you already have a trademark for that name. Registering the trademark gives you access to statutory damages, and if somebody is stealing your business’s name, gives you a much greater chance that an attorney would take your case. Regarding the web address, if you have a web address that is similar to your business’s name, you probably do not need to trademark the web address because if your competitor is creating a similar web address to your business’s name, your trademark would already protect that. However, if your web address is completely different from your business’s name, you should trademark that web address.
The attorneys at Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., are experienced in business law in the state of New Jersey. If you are looking to trademark a business web address and want legal help, please contact the office to set up a free initial consultation.