Waiting to defend your trademarks can be costly. Hoping that the whole issue will go away is not a realistic strategy. The rules for intellectual property protection have changed.
There are proactive steps you can take now to prevent cybersquatting. Understanding the seven steps discussed in this interview should be your top priority if your company owns a trademark.
January 19, 2015
How risky could registering a $10 domain name be?
Every day new domain name investors and speculators overlook the financial risk associated with registering a domain name that infringes on an existing trademark – a mistake that could cost them more than $100,000. And it’s happening at an increasing rate with the new top-level domains available for registration.
If you’re a domain name broker or an experienced investor that regularly receives emails from new investors asking for help or valuation – and the portfolio is full of trademark-infringing domain names – this is the video to refer them to.
If you’re a new domain name investor or speculator, learn how to avoid the mistake that has the potential to financially bankrupt you.
February 24, 2014
Domain name disputes are happening more frequently every day. Why? And how can a UDRP impact you as an entrepreneur or domain name investor?
Intellectual property attorney David Weslow discusses the ins and outs of the UDRP process, including what is required when filing an action, how to defend against a claim, the approximate costs of filing a UDRP or law suit, and how you can prepare for the 1,400 new gTLDs to be launched in the upcoming years.
October 8, 2012
A study in New Scientist estimates that advertisements placed by Google on typo domains – domain names that are misspelled versions of popular websites – could potentially be producing as much as $500 million per year. And that’s only Google’s cut.
The question of Google’s profiting from typo domains aside, a recent serendipitous experience gave me the opportunity to further explore the profitability of typo domains. As we will see with real data from a typographical domain variant of coupons.com, not all typo domains are created equal.
September 18, 2011
There’s a big difference between domain name investing and domain name cybersquatting.
Honest domain investors looking to avoid any legal trouble should make sure they are well versed in all the relevant laws and regulations.
July 24, 2011
ICANN (Internet Corporation on Assigned Names and Numbers) is the not-for-profit organization in charge of setting policies that govern domain name sales, distribution, management, protection and dispute. Domain name transfer policies — from one person, company or organization to another — also fall under the authority of ICANN. It’s this last area of ICANN authority that should concern you the most, because if you don’t follow the rules you may lose your domain names.
March 2, 2011
In my previous article, 6 Ways to Recover a Domain Name from an Infringing Cybersquatter, I provide six ways you can deal with trademark infringement. In this article article I go a little deeper, providing a sample cease-and-desist letter that you might find useful when dealing with trademark infringement of a domain name.
February 14, 2011
A trademark owner — whether registered or common law — who finds a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to its mark has several options for dealing with the possible infringement, including ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
January 20, 2011
Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting), according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. Think you have a great idea for buying an unregistered […]
December 30, 2010