Not all third party registrants of domains containing a trademark are cybersquatters. Some are innocent domain owners. How does one recognize the innocent and how do they defend against over zealous trademark owners?
Clients and marketing professionals are often confused as to the difference between registration of a domain name and registering a trademark or service mark. Domains names are not trademarks. A domain is nothing more than an Internet address, much like the street address where you live. Domain names do not afford protection against use of the domain name for competitive products or services unless separate trademark rights are established and registered.
You just awoke to find your domain name has been hijacked and your website is down, your site replaced by ads for sexual performance enhancing products. Your domain is now owned by an individual in Thailand with a phony name and address.
Or, perhaps you operate a successful on line business in the U.S. and learn someone in Australia has copied your entire site, and launched an Australian version of the site as their own, using your trademark in the domain but with an .au ending?
Join global trademark practitioners in a roundtable as they discuss how create a resilient social media strategy for your brand. What are the fundamental elements to include in an internal social media policy and how should these polices be communicated to staff?
Following last year’s outcry from Brazil and other Latin countries j who joined forces in an effort to prevent approval of Amazon’s generic top level domain (gTLD) application the Amazon application is dead!
With over 620 (and counting) gTLD’s approved for launch by ICANN you need to know this. If you own a brand that matters, it’s time to register with the Trademark Clearinghouse . . .