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Cybersquatting — The Intersection of Domain Names & Trademarks

Revision Legal helps solve domain name problems.

We understand the best forum to attack the problem, the procedural maze that can arise, and how to litigate to victory.

Domain Name Experience

  • Filed a lawsuit and litigated to a favorable settlement against entities that operated a large scale scam to divert traffic and sales from local florists.
  • Defended a UDRP proceeding against a large television and multimedia company and then successfully negotiated the sale of the domain.
  • Represented an ecommerce business against one of the largest domain name resellers in the world and negotiated a settlement within days of filing suit.
  • Represented the largest discovery platform in the world that has over 1.4 billion unique users per month in several UDRP proceedings and recovering several infringing domain names.
  • Prevailed in over 25 unique UDRP proceedings.
  • Litigating to recover over $4 million USD worth of stolen domain names.
Owning a domain name doesn’t always mean you own the trademark. And owning a trademark doesn’t always mean you have rights to the corresponding domain. Determining who has the right to what domain name can be a complicated, complex question. It often turns on the order of events, the actions of the domain holder, and too many other factors to summarize here.
But other times, the case is clear. Someone is using your trademark in a domain for a competing business. They are using your name recognition to steal traffic, and business, that should belong to you.

Cybersquatting is when someone registers a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to a distinctive trademark. And that registration is done in bad faith. In this context, determining whether bad faith exists involves balancing several factors, but overall, it is an objective view of the facts. You know it when you see it.

Revision Legal has experience litigation cybersquatting cases in federal courts across the country and can help you through the puzzle of determining rights at the intersection of trademark law and domain name ownership.

What is it?

Cybersquatting is when someone registers a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to a distinctive trademark.

How do I stop it?

Confronting the other side with a demand for action. If no resolution can be reached, the next step is usually litigation.

What if I am accused of it?

You should have a complete review of the claims made against you to determine your risk of liability. From there, a conversation about potential resolutions and your options will guide your decisions.

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