I was thinking about registering a new domain name today to develop a new website. Since the domain name might include branded trademarks, I need to be sure that I won’t be sued or have my site being transfered to the trademark owner if it happens that my domain name does contain certain trademark terms.
If you happen to have the same question, go ahead and do a search at http://tess2.uspto.gov
Note that these are for trademarked terms in the US only.
What’s the chance of getting yourself sued if your domain name contains a trademark term? I don’t know, but had read from forums that people do get warning letters from lawyers who represents ebay, disney, starbucks etc when their domain name contain those trademark terms. On the other hand, I’ve also come across lots of gaming related sites which has the trademark term wii, ps3 and xbox all over the internet running without any intervention from nintendo, sony or microsoft. What gives?