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- May 3, 2012
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Summary: I own the .com and other TLD's of the EXACT match for one of the world's most popular mobile banking services. This also means it is one of the top-ranked iphone apps and mobile banking apps. Seeking general advice and ideas.
Seeking advice on what I can or should do with these domains to see the most return on my extensive legal fees associated with defending and owning them. I currently have some basics sites on them related to my offline company and plans to grow it into a piece of a larger network of related services.
I have an existing computer business and domain/brand name (and Trademark) that is the SAME as one of the world's biggest bank's Mobile services.
It receives thousands of type-ins every month, and a strong base of active visitors looking for banking, financial, and technology related subjects. Admittedly, a large number of people are looking for information on the service of the same name, owned by one of the world's largest banks and financial entities. I have a clear disclaimer on the footer saying it is NOT the bank and we are not associated with them in any way.
I own the .com, .net, .org, .mobi, and most of the other extensions for this brand name. It is also my birth name and what all of my friends and family know me as. I also run a computer business under this brand and have plans to expand it into a larger online enterprise.
At my attorney's advice, I procured the Trademark for this term as quickly as I could after I began using it in commerce, and have granted use of the term in service-mark form to the bank as goodwill and in exchange for them not opposing my ownership of the trademark. I granted this use in the form of a co-existence agreement with stipulated terms of disclosure on my domain that it was not affiliated with their bank, and that they would not oppose my ownership of the trademark and/or domains.
What I'm wondering is... I've read about people domain leasing, trademark leasing, and other related topics, and wonder if any of you more experienced members have any advice for me based on the above. Don't want to put the actual name out in the public, but I would be open to discussing things via PM or under NDA.