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WebRing as a trademark - 10/23/2007
Hello all,

WebRing has recently registered and been granted a trademark on use of the term "webring". What this means is that only authorized users may actually utilize the term "webring" or variations of it such as "web ring". If you are a member of the WebRing system, and you have HTML or JavaScript code as part of your website, you are likely welcome to utilize the term on your website. However, if the term "webring" becomes part of your business name or domain name, please contact us for authorization.

While you're surfing the web and notice someone utilizing the term "webring" that isn’t part of, you are likely viewing an unauthorized use. Please advise us so we can take steps to protect our trademark.

Thanks so much, and thanks for using WebRing.
The WebRing Team

Replied - 10/23/2007
For the last several years, I've had a domain called "". May I continue to use it?


Replied - 10/23/2007
WhoIs shows the following information for your (

Domain Registration Date: Sun Dec 29 02:20:51 GMT 2002

The United States Patent and Trademark Office shows the following information for WebRing® (

Serial Number: 75569357
Abandonment Date December 1, 2000

Serial Number: 75575101
Abandonment Date December 1, 2000

Serial Number: 78922832
Filing Date July 5, 2006

It would appear was registered while both the WebRing® trade mark and service marks had been lapsed.

Replied - 10/25/2007
Sounds like a potential legal minefield to me.

Hoover, Biro, are just two of several commonly used proprietry terms that spring to mind.

Replied - 10/29/2007

grandma: You've been emailed personally on this issue.

to all: For future reference, we ask that these types of issues be directed to


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