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A domain name dispute attorney is rarely surprised by stories of stolen domain names, new gTLds, domain theft, ICANN policy revisions under the UDRP or tails of cybersquatting. Learn more about what is happening on issues of internet law, domain disputes and cybersquatting by reading the articles below.
2012.08.22

What Happens after a UDRP?

A UDRP is an arbitration under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Process and Policy that allows someone to file a complaint with an arbitration forum, usually WIPO or NAF, and get a decision usually within 30 to 45 days. As part of that UDRP, they must establish three things. One, ownership of a trademark that the domain name is confusingly similar to; two, that the registrant and user of the domain name doesn't have any legitimate rights or interest to that domain name; and three, that the registrant of the domain name actually registered it and used it in bad faith.

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2012.06.19

What to Do When a Domain Name Lease Goes Wrong

Well, the first thing I want  to point out is when a domain name lease agreement is put together, which essentially allows a domain name owner or registrant to, for a certain period of time and under certain terms and conditions, allow a third party to use that domain in a certain way.  When a domain name lease agreement is put together, there’s usually an allowance as to who maintains registration of the domain name.  In some instances, the lessor or owner of the domain name originally.  In other instances, the registrant becomes the lessee or person who will be using the domain name.  As a domain name attorney, I typically would like the lessor to retain registrant ownership of the domain, so that there can’t be what is appearing to be a growing instance of the lessee taking ownership of a domain and not returning it at the end of the actual lease agreement.  Essentially, they are holding it hostage in hopes of either extending the lease or affecting an ultimate sale of the domain name from the original registrant to the lessee.

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2011.12.19

Contributory Cybersquatting under the Anitcybersquatting Consumer Protection Act

Welcome to Cybersquatting Law Radio. My name is Attorney Enrico Schaefer, and I specialize in cybersquatting issues, domain disputes, and domain theft.  Today, we are talking about contributory cybersquatting under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

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2011.09.23

Domain Name Disputes Come In Many Flavors

Domain name disputes continue to become more common:

As an internet law attorney specializing in domain name issues, I am always struck by the wide variety of domain name issues which come through our law firm front door.  While cybersquatting domain names and trademark issues have been around for a long time, our lawyers continue to see an increase in other types of domain name disputes.  Many companies do a high percentage of their business on-line.  Some companies do all of their business from the internet.  Yet, few companies protect their domain name assets in a way that reflects the value of those assets to the company.  Here are some of the different types of emails, telephone calls, and referrals which we see on a regular basis:

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2008.06.12

Do a Trademark Availability Search Before Picking Your Company or Product Name.

I would estimate that 95% of companies which select a name for their product or as their company name fail to do a comprehensive trademark search prior to selecting a word or combination of words as a brand.  Too many companies see that a domain is available for registration and assume that their registration of that domain entitles them to use. 

Hiring an attorney to do a trademark availability search is relatively inexpensive compared to the investment which your company will make in its marketing and branding efforts.  Having to select a new company name or product name after receipt of a trademark infringement threat letter, will cost you money, time and customers.  When it comes to trademark issues, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. 

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Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

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    Reverse domain name hijacking occurs when a trademark owner files a UDRP arbitration against a domain name owner on frivolous claims of trademark infringement. Domain name Hijacking is real. Find out how to protect your domain names.

Domain Theft & Stolen Domain Name Help

  • Domain Theft & Stolen Domain Name Help
    We often hear "someone stole my domain name." A domain name theft attorney can help you recover a stolen domain whether the thief is an employee, business partner, web developer, web hosting company or third party.

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  • International Trademark Association 2011, San Francisco, California
  • Cyber Law Summit 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Game Developers Conference 2011, San Francisco, California
  • DOMAINfest 2011, Santa Monica, California
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  • West LegalEdcenter Midwestern Law Firm Management, Chicago, Illinois
  • Internet Advertising under Part 255, Altitude Design Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Online Defamation and Reputation Management, News Talk 650 AM, The Cory Kolt Show, Canada Public Radio Saskatewan Canada
  • Alternative Fee Structures, Center for Competitive Management, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • FTC Part 255 Advertising Requirements, Mom 2.0 Conference, Houston, Texas
  • Webmaster Radio, Cybersquatting & Domain Monetization, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Notable Complex Litigation Cases Handled By Our Lawyers:
  • Trademark Infringement, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Cybersquatting Law, Trademark Law and Dilution Detroit, Michigan
  • Internet Defamation & Online Libel Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Trade Secret Theft, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cybersquatting Law, Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Miami, Florida
  • Cybersquatting Law, Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Eastern Dist. of Virginia, Alexandria
  • Stolen Domain Name, Orlando, Florida
  • Commercial Litigation, Tampa, Florida
  • Copyright Infringement and Cybersquatting Law, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Mass Tort Litigation, Los Angeles, California
  • Stolen Domain Name, Detroit, Michigan
  • Adwords Keyword Trademark Infringement, Los Angeles, California
  • Trademark Infringement & Unfair Competition, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Non-Compete Agreement and Trade Secret Theft, Detroit, Michigan
  • Mass Tort, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mass Tort, Tyler, Texas
  • Insurance Indemnity, New York
  • Copyright Infringement, Detroit, Michigan