Are trademarks valid on the internet?

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Though the trademarks are valid on the internet, registration and use of a domain name (an address that indicates the location of the owner’s web site) is not similar to the registration and use of a mark. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has a detailed policy for handling the registration of domain names as trademarks, which makes clear that owning a domain name or the mere registration of a domain name, without more, does not create a trademark right. Courts have uniformly held that “registration of a trademark as a domain name, without more is not commercial use of the trademark and therefore not within the prohibitions of the Act.” The “more” that makes the registration of a domain name actionable is intent to trade off the good will of others, the intent to confuse or deceive the public as to the origin of goods or services, or with the intent to extort money for the repurchase of the domain name.