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Some comments on your thread.

It is always best to trademark any phrase you wish to protect. US government agencies certainly have no right to complain if someone registers a domain with their name in it and they never bothered to get a trademark.

That being said, a trademark can never be viewed as an absolute guarantee. If you register a domain in such a manner that does not interfere with the trademark owner's operations, or falsely imply their endorsement of whatever you are doing with the domain, then it's possible you may be able to keep the domain in spite of the trademark.

Trademark law is a very gray area, and one that relies more on the spirit of the law rather than the letter.

Also, potential or actual trademark owners need to make certain their trademark is not deemed invalid on "public domain" grounds, such as when a single dictionary word or common phrase is trademarked. The USPTO is supposed to deny such applications, but errors do slip through, and they are generally unenforcable in court.

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