The relationship between domain names and trademarks can be confusing. People often believe owning one automatically conveys ownership in the other. Does domain name registration guarantee trademark protection? Not always.
Let’s Buy Google.com
In September 2015, Sanmay Ved made a rather astounding domain name purchase. Mr. Ved paid a whopping $12 to buy the Google.com domain name.
Yes, THAT domain.
Admittedly, the purchase was the result of an administrative error in the Google system, but many in the news reported the transaction as though Mr. Ved had effectively won the lotto. He had not. However, the purchase raises an interesting question. If you buy a domain name, do you automatically have rights to the trademark associated with the root phrase of the domain? [The root phrase is the word or words after “www” and before “.com”]