What is cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting or domain squatting is the conduct of registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. Literally thousands of .com domains are registered on a daily basis globally, and one of them can easily be the same or confusingly similar to your own company or brand name, trade mark or simply the name of your spearheading product or service. Cybersquatting can be especially harmful for startup companies not very familiar with the dealings in the IP field.

Why you shouldn’t tolerate the infringement of the name belonging to your business interest?

Your business can lose revenue and the domain name holder can achieve unfair benefits of your successful business. The relevant public may think that the domain name holder’s website is one of your own, and buy your competitor’s products and service instead of yours. Also, in case you wish to obtain the domain in the future, when your business becomes more successful, the holder of the domain may sell it to you for an unreasonable price.

What can you do about it?

Trademark.eu offers a cost-effective solution for protecting your interests against domain users acting in bad faith.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) established the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) which is considered to be an effective way to deal with domain name disputes. In this procedure you can argue:

  • the identical nature or confusing similarity of the infringing domain name and your trademark;
  • the lack of rights or legitimate interests of the domain name holder;
  • the registration and use of the domain name in bad faith.

Given the public nature of domain name use the evidence to the above facts should not be too hard to gather, the wording of the reasoning before the and the peculiarities of the procedure, however, call for professional assistance. That’s where our office comes into the picture.

At the end of the procedure you can either get the infringing domain name to be deleted or to be transferred to you, which could be a much better solution then buying it directly from the domain name holder, especially in case your brand is successful and therefore the domain name is valuable.

What we do:

  • With special software background we can track down collisions between the domain name subject to abuse and the database of the (EUIPO);
  • This way we can find websites that may be infringing your trademark;
  • In case of infringement, we can provide a range of legal services, including direct approach of the domain name holder acting with bad faith or complaint under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) which is considered to be an effective way to deal with domain name disputes.

Our prices are the following:

Domain dispute resolution
Official fee of filing a complaint €1280 (USD $ 1500)
Service fee €1500
Disbursements €35
Total €2815

 

In case you’re interested in filing a UDRP Complaint in order to protect your business, you can contact us at:

domain@trademark.eu