Facebook puts your trademarks at risk

Steven D. Goldberg, Esq. Wilmington, DE
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Facebook has announced a new feature which allows a person to register a Facebook username as a URL. The feature became available on June 13, 2009. This feature may be fun for Dick and Jane, however it places your trademarks at risk as a Facebook user can create a username with your trademark without your permission and become a cyber squatter.

Facebook has created an electronic registration form where you can register your trademark and avoid cybersquatters. The link is http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=username_rights. You can, of course, create a Facebook user name with your trademark and register your tradename yourself. To register your trademark you will need the registration number which appears on the certificate which you received from the Trademark Office.

Cybersquatting has become a problem for many trademark holders as well as celebrates.

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