Cybersquatting and Domain Name Disputes

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The Marks Gray Intellectual property team will work with our clients if they have failed to renew their domain name and are being extorted for money while trying to regain it. This involves submitting claims to the World Intellectual Property Organization for an expedited arbitration process to determine the rightful ownership of the domain or filing a complaint in a US District court for cybersquatting.

According to the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with the bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter offers to sell the domain to the person or entity who owns the trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.

In the United States, the owner of a trademark may file a civil complaint under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act in federal court in an effort to obtain control of the domain name. Another alternative is to file a Complaint through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy that is provided through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the National Arbitration Forum (NAF).

WIPO and NAF provide expedited administrative proceedings in the form of arbitration for the resolution of cybersquatting issues. A trademark owner may be able to obtain a ruling from an arbitrator ordering the registrar to turn the domain name over to the trademark owner.

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In the grand scheme of things, the Copyright matter that Crystal advised me on was minor, but it was definitely outside of my comfort zone. Crystal was the first person that I thought of, when I realized I needed advice… Should you need advice with any Copyright or Intellectual Property matter, I wholeheartedly recommend that you think of her, too. Thanks for your help, Crystal!

Crystal is a very sweet, professional, and intelligent woman. She makes sure your intellectual properties are fully protected. I am very pleased thus far with MarksGray. Best wishes to you on your continued success. Protect yourself with MarksGray!

As far as I am concerned, all conversations about copyrights and trademarks begin and end with the words, “Crystal Broughan at Marks Gray.”

I have had Mitch file two patents and a trademark. Everything was flawless. He is very responsive and answered all my questions. I have worked with him now for over 6 years. I would recommend him to anyone I know. The best part about working with him, is that he is personable and that made the process so much better.

Mitch went above and beyond to help out with our legal matters. He was more than fair with his hourly charges and we always felt our interests came first. Mitch is very thoughtful and always thinks one step ahead to look out for us. By far the best experience we've had with an attorney.

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