Short fight looming over Las Vegas Raiders trademark

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Raiders owner Mark Davis had the foresight in 1998 to squat on the LasVegasRaiders.com domain name. Davis did not do the same regarding the trademark rights to his team’s eventual new name. In part because he didn’t have to

Via the Associated Press, several people unaffiliated to the Raiders have filed applications for federal rights to the phrase. The cost for doing so is only $275, but the upside could be much more significant than that.

The upside is highly unlikely, however. At some point, the Raiders will make their move to secure the obvious trademark rights that they own. And those who have forked over $275 will have nothing to show for their roll of the dice.

It wouldn’t have been so simple if someone else had obtained the rights to LasVegasRaiders.com. The Dallas Cowboys still don’t own the rights to Cowboys.com, a domain for which they declined to pay $275,000 several years ago and that was, as of 2012, a male dating site.

It’s currently available, at a minimum offer of $500,000. LasVegasRaiders.com would likely fetch that kind of payment now, if Davis hadn’t spent the $10 or so to get the name back when anyone could have gotten it.

12 responses to “Short fight looming over Las Vegas Raiders trademark

  1. But he didn’t fork over a few extra dollars to keep his personal address off the whois information?

  2. It’s nice to know that Mark Davis has been waiting since 1998 for his dad to die so he could move the team to Vegas. Stay classy, Mark…..

  3. What are you talking about? It’s not 1996 — you can’t extort big companies for their domain names anymore — not since the U.S. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) of 1999.

    The domain would have gone down the same way as the trademark — taken with nothing to show for it.

  4. Unclepailey – sounds like a perfectly logical ref that our perfectly illogical prez just EO’ed out of existence. That along with, ya know, protecting air.

  5. itsunclepauley says:
    Apr 24, 2017 10:20 AM
    What are you talking about? It’s not 1996 — you can’t extort big companies for their domain names anymore — not since the U.S. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) of 1999.

    The domain would have gone down the same way as the trademark — taken with nothing to show for it.
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    I can say with some experience that you are overstating the intent and the teeth behind the ACPA. If the holder were legitimately using the domain, for instance as a fan or gripe site, Davis would have been left with little recourse.

  6. It’s still chump change to the Davis family, but in 1998 domain names were renting for $50 a year, not the $8.99 they do today.

    Oh, and whois privacy wasn’t available in those days either.

  7. Does not matter, his trademark will be protected in the US.

    Bottom Line- two separate things Mark Davis got the domain name, and A.D. football trademarked the Las Vegas football…..lets get real….how much time did Al, and Carol spend in Las Vegas, even when Mark lived there? Exactly!

  8. How many other city Raiders.com domain names did he get at that time. I doubt it was just Las Vegas.

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