When a trademark is used in a confusingly similar manner, it may be considered trademark infringement. However, please note that a trademark does not give you the sole and exclusive right to use that trademark in every context. For example, a website using the name of your business in the context of reviewing your products or even criticizing your brand is NOT infringing your trademark. Please consult your own legal counsel or refer to Chilling Effect’s FAQs about Trademark for more information.
If you believe that your trademark has been infringed upon, please:
- Verify that the blog in question is hosted by Automattic. We have no control over blogs that say “Powered by WordPress.org.” Those blogs use the open source WordPress software and are not hosted by us. Please contact the appropriate web host with complaints. We only host blogs that have “wordpress.com” in their URL or that say “powered by WordPress.com” on the site.
- Contact the blogger directly. Go to the blog post in question and leave a comment with your complaint to see if the matter can be resolved directly between you and the blogger.
If the issue cannot be resolved directly with the blogger, send your complaint via email to email@example.com or the form below.
Your complaint must include the following:
- Your name and contact information;
- Your company name and website, if applicable;
- Identification of the trademark that is allegedly being infringed, including official trademark registration details and information;
- The URL of the WordPress.com site being reported and the exact content/aspect of the site being reported;
- A clear and detailed explanation of how the above content is in violation of the trademark in question, thus creating consumer confusion;
- A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the trademark in the manner complained of is an infringement of the rights granted under United States and/or foreign trademark law;
- A physical or electronic signature of the owner or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the trademark that is allegedly infringed; and
- Consent to forward the trademark complaint to the site’s owner, including your contact information, and an option for him/her to contact you directly regarding the complaint.
Your Infringement Notice may be forwarded to the party that made the content available or to third parties such as ChillingEffects.org.