Generic Domain Names: Unprotectable Yet Invaluable


For those keeping score at home, various courts and tribunals have previously held the following domain names to be generic in connection with the listed goods or services:

*BLINDSANDDRAPERY.COM for wholesale and retail services "featuring blinds, draperies and other wall coverings" BONDS.COM for "providing information regarding financial products and services"

*CONTAINER.COM for "rental of metal shipping containers" *HOTELS.COM for "providing information to others about temporary lodging"

*LAWYERS.COM for "providing an online interactive database featuring information exchange in the fields of law, legal news and legal services"

*MATTRESS.COM for "online retail store services in the field of mattresses, beds and bedding"

*SPORTSBETTING.COM for "provision of contests and sweepstakes on and through a global computer network"

To this list, we may soon be adding ADVERTISING.COM for use in connection with a host of online advertising-related services, thanks to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which issued its opinion this week in, Inc. v. AOL Advertising, Inc.

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