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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Selby, Victoria
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| | Re: Hyphenated .com.au domain or .net.au with no hyphens
I own both hyphenated and non-hyphenated domains. Why? So that someone else wouldn't buy a domain similar to mine. I did have someone in the US getting my emails because they owned the .com and I owned the .com.au. Sometimes people would leave the .au off. That was some years ago. These days I cover all bases.
I'd check to see if these other people have a trademark in place, particularly if you're planning on a similar business to them. You don't want to be treading on difficult territory. If they do, then perhaps it's back to the drawing board for you. Better now than later on when you have printed materials and other things in place.
I had a client once that had a business name that someone else trademarked. They ran two very different businesses but had both chosen the same name - one was a product, the other a service based business. Although she'd run her business much longer she was denied the Trademark because the other business had claimed it first.
These days I think you need to consider business name, domain name and trademark all in the same breath.