Domain Dispute Attorney
Cybersquatting is a serious problem in America and abroad. The more we shop, communicate, learn, and share online, the more valuable Domain Names become, and the crooks know that well.
What is Cybersquatting?
Cybersquatting is the process of registering a Domain Name consisting of someone else’s Trademark or Service Mark, in bad faith, in an effort to profit from the goodwill of that person’s business. A cybersquatter normally attempts to sell that domain name back to the business owner at a high price or uses the domain name to launch a website that promotes products or services that compete with those offered by the business owner. Cybersquatting issues are often resolved under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
What is the UDRP?
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), is the legal framework, adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), used to resolve disputes between domain name registrants and a person or entity that wishes to challenge the domain registration as abusive or cybersquatting.
Simply put, it is the set of rules that help determine who should be the rightful owner of a domain name in case a dispute arises.
Domain Name Dispute Resolution Attorney
Is someone cybersquatting your domain name?
If someone is cybersquatting your domain name, you may have rights to take ownership of that domain name from the cybersquatter under the UDRP. I can help you determine if you have a valid argument under the UDRP, and file a complaint on your behalf with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and have a panel determine the outcome of your claim to ownership.
Is someone claiming that you are cybersquatting their domain name?
If an allegation is made or a complaint is filed against you for cybersquatting, but you believe you have rightfully registered your domain name, and are using it in good faith, you may have rights to keep the domain name. I will help you analyze your rights, determine the validity and strength of the allegations made against you, and respond to the Complaint on your behalf.
Domain Names and Trademarks
Trademarking your business name may deter others from cybersquatting your domain name or increase your chances of getting a ruling in your favor by the WIPO panelist(s) when you file a complaint. Give me a call today and let’s discuss trademarking your business name and protecting your domain name.
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