Ordinarily, a domain name is not a trademark and cannot be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A domain name serves to identify a particular IP address, and is similar in that way that a building address or a street address operates in the physical world. In contrast, a trademark or service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, or a smell, or a design that is used to identify and distinguish goods and services provided by one person or company or manufacturer from another. Trademarks and service marks can be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as state registration offices and international registration offices.
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