TMCH Has Plenty Of “Trademarks” of Generic Words

In attempting to pre-order some new gTLD’s I have had to review trademarks filed with the

Mark: hosting

Jurisdiction: Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP)

Goods: Rubber, guttapercha, gummi, asbest, mica en hieruit vervaardigde producten voor zover niet begrepen in andere klassen; halfbewerkte plastic producten; dichtings-, pakking- en isolatiemateriaal; niet-metalen buigzame buizen.

International Class of Goods and Services or Equivalent:

class number 17: Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes, not of metal.

Trademark Registrant: Hosting Concepts B.V.

Trademark Registrant Contact: Willem Buytewechstraat 40, 3024BN Rotterdam, NL

Mark: GOLD

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Goods: 9: Computer software, including software for the downloading of music, audio and text by means of a global computer network; computer firmware; floppy discs, hard discs, audio cassettes, radios, compact discs, CD ROMs; teaching apparatus; sound recordings including musical recordings; video recordings relating to musical performers and performances; electronic publications all relating to radio broadcasting, radio programmes, music, sport, musical entertainment and culture; electronic media and magnetic media all bearing music or sound; radios.,16: Paper and paper articles, photographs, cardboard articles, newspapers, printed matter, books, journals and magazines all relating to radio broadcasting, radio programmes, music, sport, musical entertainment and culture; comics; stationery; instructional and teaching material.,38: Radio telecommunications services; electronic communication services; radio broadcasting, digital radio broadcasting; television broadcasting services; namely, the broadcasting of radio programmes and music to televisions via cable, satellite, freeview and other digital means; broadcasting of music or radio programmes over the Internet or other computer network; electronic transmission of streamed and downloadable audio and video files relating to music or radio programmes via electronic and communications networks as well as by means of a global computer network; electronic mail services; providing of access to on-line chat rooms and bulletin boards; web casting of music and radio programmes; telecommunication of information including web pages, computer programs, text and any other data; relating to music or radio programmes; providing access to digital music websites on the Internet or other computer network; news agency services; transmission of written and digital communications relating to music or radio programmes; leasing and rental services in connection with radio telecommunications apparatus and equipment; operation of chat rooms relating to music or radio programmes.,

41: Sporting and cultural activities; musical entertainment; organisation of entertainment and cultural events relating to music or radio programmes; radio entertainment; interactive music and radio entertainment services provided via the Internet or other computer network; production, presentation, distribution, syndication, networking and rental of radio programmes, music and, sound recordings; electronic publication services; electronic games services provided by means of the Internet or other computer network; providing digital music from Internet websites; downloading of radio programmes, sound, still images or data from the Internet or other computer network; organisation of competitions, concerts, live shows and cultural events relating to music or radio programmes; studio services for the production of radio advertising; publishing services; nightclub and discotheque services; news reporter services; arranging and conducting of business and commercial conferences and seminars; advisory and consultancy services relating to the aforesaid.

International Class of Goods and Services or Equivalent:

class number 9: Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; compact discs, DVDs and other digital recording media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment, computers; computer software; fire-extinguishing apparatus.

class number 16: Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers’ type; printing blocks.

class number 38: Telecommunications.

class number 41: Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities.

Trademark Registrant: This is Global Limited

Trademark Registrant Contact: 30 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LA London, GB

Mark: biG

Jurisdiction: Italy

Goods: carne pesce pollame e selvaggina estratti di carne frutta e ortaggi conservati essicati e cotti gelatine marmellate composte uova latte e prodotti derivati dal latte oli e grassi commestibili caffe’te’cacao zucchero riuso rapioca sago succedanei del caffe’ farine e preparati fatti di cereali pane pasticeria confetteria gelati miele sciroppo di melassa lievito e polveri per fare lievitare sale senape aceto salse condimenti spezie ghiaccio trasporto imballaggio e deposito di merci organizzazione di viaggi

International Class of Goods and Services or Equivalent:

class number 29: Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, frozen, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, compotes; eggs; milk and milk products; edible oils and fats.

class number 30: Coffee, tea, cocoa and artificial coffee; rice; tapioca and sago; flour and preparations made from cereals; bread, pastry and confectionery; ices; sugar, honey, treacle; yeast, baking-powder; salt; mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice.

class number 39: Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement.

Trademark Registrant: S.p.A. Egidio Galbani

Trademark Registrant Contact: Via Togliatti, 8, I-20066 Melzo, MI, IT

Mark: THE

Jurisdiction: Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP)

  • Trademark Registrant: Goallover Limited 7 Brayfield Terrace, Islington, London


I have also had to click on notice for a new gTLD that contained the word “cool” and “hot”

I’m sure I will come across a bunch more.

Lets not fool ourselves there is gaming at the trademark level and at the TMCH level.




  1. Horizon says

    Yes,Michael,I received the same email for”gold” when you beat me to the Punch.I also got one that sounded far more reasonable in relation to the word”diamond” for the .company gTLD,that one just was about ensuring that I didn’t try to use it in relation to kitchen cabinets.Your a Lawyer,and you know some go too far in their trademark apps to “protect”the client.But it appears many just want to index a generic word for their own benefit….I think it will get rather messy in the courts soon.

  2. says

    Same dodgy Benelux deposit “trademarks” as used to plunder the .eu ccTLD. These are not real, genuine trademarks that have been published for opposition and granted by any real process.

  3. says

    Lots of built in protections for the TM holders ans none for the domain investor side of things. You thibk at least there wouod be a response form to any TMCH notice where you could state for the record your intended use.

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