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    Default Using a University's Name, Logos or Mascot in a Website

    I am creating a website for a service that applies to a single university. I want to make the site recognizable to those students so I was thinking of having the url be www.nameofuniversity.com. Also I wanted to use the schools colors prominatley on the website and maybe even a picture of the mascot as well. Would any or all of the above be considered trademark infringement (since I am sure that have trademarked whatever they can)

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    Default Re: Website Geared Towards a Specific College. at What Point is It Infringement

    You don't imagine that the university itself might own www.nameofuniversity.com?

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    Default Re: Website Geared Towards a Specific College. at What Point is It Infringement

    I already checked... they don't own it, nobody does.

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    Default Re: Website Geared Towards a Specific College. at What Point is It Infringement

    Would any or all of the above be considered trademark infringement (since I am sure that have trademarked whatever they can)
    Yep. You need to get permission to use their intellectual property.
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    Default Re: Website Geared Towards a Specific College. at What Point is It Infringement

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    I already checked... they don't own it, nobody does.
    what makes you think they do not own their name? A trademark does not have to be registered for a rightful owner to claim ownership. Trademarks are validated by use in commerce. A registration provides for a public notice of the claim and in disputes, can become a deciding factor as well as a few other benefits but a trademark does not have to be registered for it to be a claimable property.

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