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    We have had a website since 2002 that sells video equipment; we also have a feature that allows our customers to display their videos on our website. Our main demographic is action sports.

    Let's use the fictious name WEBSITENAME.COM

    We have discovered that an adult porn site called WEBSITENAMES.COM has set its self up with a feature that allows people to setup their live video cams. They also have a notice on their site that stated they have Registered Trademark ownership to the name WEBSITENAMES.

    I have checked the US Trademark and Patent Office and they do not have anything on record.

    We are getting calls form their customers getting them confused with us and our customers are accidentally going to their website as well. A large group of our audience is underage and this is becoming a big problem.

    We believe that they set this website up as a way to confuse customers who mistyped our address and are now profiting from it.

    We have been using WEBSITE name in print and on the web since 2002, if we registered that name with the US Patent and trademark office would we be able to shut down that other site?

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    Re: mistyped similar URL address for profit

    You can threaten to file suit if they are damaging your business and purposely trying to mislead or confuse or cause mistaken surfers to be re-routed -- wld could help if need be.

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