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Trademark and Domain Name Basics
What is a trademark?
What is trademark infringement?
Domain names and trademark infringement
If a person operates a Web site using a domain name that contains someone else's trademark (for example, "www.nikestuff.com"), people who see or visit that domain name are likely to be confused and believe that the site is affiliated with Nike when it is not. People may also mistakenly go to this Web site thinking it's connected with the other company, only to find out that it is not. Intentional misspellings of and similarities to trademarked names (for example, www.wwwebay.com, www.amizon.com) may also be considered trademark infringements. Just because a company hasn't registered all variations of its name or trademark as domain names doesn't mean that others can use those domain names. If the domain names are likely to confuse consumers, they're probably infringing.
‘Cybersquatting’ and trademark infringement
Singapore does not have a specific law on domain names, though the Info-Communications Development Authority of Singapore Act, (Chapter 137A) has been empowered to authorise or regulate the registration, administration and management of domain names in Singapore.
The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), set up under the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), is the central registrar and administrator of ".sg" domain names. The .sg domain is further subdivided to com.sg, net.sg, org.sg, gov.sg, per.sg and edu.sg. These local domain names (i.e., those with the extension ".sg") are assigned by the Registrars accredited by the SGNIC. On request and upon payment of a fee, the Registrar assigns domain names, on a first-come-first-served basis.
The use of a domain containing another's trademark also may violate trademark law. Offering to sell a domain name may be used to establish "bad faith" and could expose you to serious liability.
Important: This information is not intended to be legal advice. If a member has any doubts about whether an item or domain name can be sold on eBay, eBay encourages the member to contact the trademark owner or consult a lawyer
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