Pinterest And Amazon Think They Own The Word ‘Pin’


Pinterest and Amazon Fight Over Pin Trademark

Were you aware that before Amazon and Pinterest came along the word Pin did not exist? That is the only explanation we could find for why the two companies are at odds over who owns the right to the word.

Amazon is arguing through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that it should be able to claim “Pin” as its own so it can buy the generic top-level domain (gTLD) “.pin”. Pinterest in the meantime is claiming the trademark to the word Pin. According to the social sharing website:

Among the reasons for Pinterest’s objections: Domain names on .pin would cause confusion and violate the trademarks that Pinterest holds on the term “pin.” Those trademarks include “the standalone PIN trademark and a family of PIN-formative marks, including Pinterest, PIN It, P, and others,” according to the complaint filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Pinterest is referring to the “P” in its logo, not the actual letter of the alphabet. We hear Sesame Street is laying claim to actual letters since they are after all used to bring us each days show.

The dispute is currently being investigated by ICANN, the very agency that provides domain rights to company’s and individuals.

In the meantime don’t be afraid to PIN your comment about this matter in our comments section.


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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