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Username: kst
Date/Time: Sat, March 10, 2001 at 11:08 AM GMT
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Subject: .reg idea may not be workable


                Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.

The idea of reserving .reg for registered trademark holders
may not be workable.  As I understand it, the same word may
be used as a trademark by two or more different companies,
as long as they're in different businesses so there's no
chance of confusion.  One example of this is the name VAX,
trademarked by DEC (now Compaq) for computers and by a British
company for vacuum cleaners.  Another example is Apple Records
and Apple Computers (though I think that became a bit tricky
when Apple Computers started providing music capabilities).
I've even seen a PC retailer called Sun Computers, though that
may have infringed.

If two different companies own the trademarks on Acme
marshmallows and Acme rocket shoes, who gets acme.reg?



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