Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Tennessee

Q: I have registered one domain by name WATSONX.NET for financial services industry! IBM objects. No trade mark. Help me.

No any trademarks registered in this name. But IBM objects. Please help me to draft a mail to them. Most urgent . Thank you so much. Regards Sankar S.K.

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
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A: There are several federal trademark registrations of marks including WATSON, which is a surname. IBM does not have an exclusive right to the word, and does not have a registration in the category for financial services, so you should be able to register WATSONX.

James L. Arrasmith
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A: In your email to IBM, politely explain your intent to use the domain "WATSONX.NET" for financial services and clarify that there are no existing trademarks associated with that name. Request more information regarding their objection and express your willingness to address any concerns they may have. It's essential to maintain a cooperative and open dialogue to potentially reach a resolution that allows you to use the domain.

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