A competitor is using my business name as their website address. If I tm my name can I stop them from using my business name?

Bryan Zlimen ∙ September 9, 2019

The right to use the name will generally come down to which party was the first to use it in commerce. Registration of the mark can help with enforcement, but only if the other party began using the mark in commerce after you did. Bryan Zlimen is licensed to practice law in the state of Minnesota, and his comments may only apply to that jurisdiction. If your question applies to a different jurisdiction you should check with an attorney in that jurisdiction. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation and any information you provide is not protected by attorney-client privilege.

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