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IL cyber law attorneyIn the digital age that we live in, having a stellar online presence can make or break a business. In that vein, having a recognizable and easily recognized domain name can be critical to a business’s overall viability and profitability. Because of this, there are various disputes that can arise regarding the rights to a domain name. Below, we will examine common cybersquatting disputes and how you should move forward if you are in the midst of a cybersquatting predicament. If you are involved in any sort of domain dispute, seek out knowledgeable legal assistance immediately.

Understanding Forms of Cybersquatting

Cybersquatting is defined as a process in which a certain party purchases and registers the domain name of a well-known brand, in the hopes of reselling the domain name back to the company for a profit. Reverse cybersquatting is a process in which a trademark holder (company) attempts to take away a domain name from a party that is actually using the domain name for a legitimate purpose. Lastly, typosquatting is a process in which a party purposely uses the domain name of another company but includes a typo as a means of directing traffic to their website.

What You Can Do

In all of the above-mentioned instances, it is important for you to act quickly. In some cases, a “cease and desist” may scare the other party involved into giving up the domain name in order to avoid legal action. In other cases, you will need to pursue legal action.

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FL domain name attorneyDomains cannot be copyrighted, but they can be trademarked. And, like any other trademark, you apply for the domain trademark in order to protect your property -- in this case, your domain name is probably named after yourself or your brand. In fact, your domain name will only qualify for trademark if it has a name associated with your particular business or service.

If you feel it would be best to also protect domain names that people may confuse for yours, however, then you may also register sites that could be reached through misspelling your company name, or by typing in “.com,” when your real site is “.org.” This will keep other companies from trying to cash in on your name and/or giving you a bad name if they do not provide the same level of product or service as you.

How to Trademark Your Domain Name

Trademarking your internet domain name can be done without much effort. Here are the steps:

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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:

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