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How to Avoid Domain Name Disputes

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b2ap3_thumbnail_domain-name-dispute.jpgJust as one’s company name and logo are vigorously protected against misuse and infringement, a business must remain equally vigilant to ensure its online identity is not stolen. Speedy resolution of Internet domain disputes allows a business to continue its e-commerce efforts while cracking down on those who might try to benefit from unscrupulous or even illegal use of a company’s domain.

Obtain a Strong Domain Name

Perhaps the best way to avoid domain disputes altogether would be to obtain, properly register, and monitor with vigilance your domain and online presence. This was considered much easier when the Internet hosted only generic top-level domains such as .com and country codes, but with the introduction of .net, .org, .info, and other domain names, monitoring domain names requires a renewed effort. Here are some steps for finding and establishing a strong domain name:

  • Check to ensure the domain name you want is available.
  • Perform due diligence on the domain name, such as a trademark search and common Search Engine search.
  • Check to see if the domain you want is available on popular social media apps.
  • Once satisfied with your background work, register your preferred domain name. Registration of domains is available through online sites as well as with the help of an experienced cyber law attorney.

Monitor the Internet for Unlicensed Use of your Domain

Inappropriate use of a company’s domain involves more than just using its URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and attaching an alternative generic top level domain, such as .net or .org, for example. Some other common activities that may require domain dispute resolutions include:

  • Intentional misspelling, or “Typosquatting,” which takes advantage of commonly misspelled company names to draw web traffic away from the actual company site.
  • Adding a modifier or other word to the company domain. For example, two resellers/dealers of VOLCOM brand sportswear attempted to use the domains, volcumsuomi.com and volcumnorge.com, without permission from the parent company.
  • Cybersquatting is when one party attempts to profit by registering a domain in bad faith and selling it to a company at a huge price. 

These and other activities require immediate action to protect a company’s online presence, brand, and reputation. A knowledgeable cyber law attorney can pursue a number of actions to remedy any disputes quickly. 

Work with an Experienced Federal Cyber Law Attorney 

Protect your online presence with the help of an attorney at Nelson Cyber Law, PLLC. The experienced cyber law attorneys understand the nuances of domain disputes, cybersquatting, and other issues related to this important matter. To schedule a consultation with our experienced Florida cyber law attorney contact Nelson.law online or call 1-800-440-5536.







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