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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.
    I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.

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