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Is FBS’s flexmls trademark a violation of NAR’s rules?

May 22, 2008 Michael Wurzer

Inman has yet another article today on NAR’s recent rules trying to control use of the term MLS by their members in promoting their web sites. Here’s a not too hypothetical question: What if FBS were to create an IDX site that uses our domain and registered trademark flexmls® in the URL where agents or brokers could have domains like brokername.idx.flexmls.com? Would that violate NAR’s rules? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t or shouldn’t but would love to hear what others think.

Follow-up:  Even less hypothetical: How about portal.flexmls.com/agentname?