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Michele
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Recllaiming Abandoned Trademark Past Deadlines?
« on: Jun 29th, 2007, 3:39am »
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I've run a business/website with the same name since 1997.  In 2000 I filed for a trademark but didn't do the right follow-through and it's now listed as abandoned.  I'm now finding other copycat sites trying to use the same name & am wondering -  
 
1. Do I have recourse against these copycat sites w/o a trademark?  
 
2. Is there any way to revive the abandoned request so far past the deadlines?  And if not, can I apply again from scratch?
 
Thanks!
 
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Re: Recllaiming Abandoned Trademark Past Deadlines
« Reply #1 on: Jun 29th, 2007, 2:57pm »
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1. Do I have recourse against these copycat sites w/o a trademark?  

You don't have trademark rights without a trademark, but that doesn't mean what you think it means (I believe).  Having a trademark is not the same as having a trademark registration.  You likely have the former even though you  don't have the latter.
 
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2. Is there any way to revive the abandoned request so far past the deadlines?  And if not, can I apply again from scratch?

In all likelihood, you'll have to file "from scratch".
 
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