What can I do to protect my domain name?
Your domain name is the cornerstone of your brand and protecting it should be of the utmost importance. In the case that a legal dispute does arise, we are here with expert Internet Attorneys at your service. There are some things you could do beforehand, however, to provide additional security to your domain name. Watch out for:
1. Individuals trying to trick your visitors. Persons looking to steal traffic from recognized domains will create a new domain that is either very similar or the same as yours with a different extension to try to trick visitors into going to their domain. If this occurs, your only option is to attempt to acquire their domain.
2. Individuals or companies with the same brand purchasing similar domain names. Persons with the same brand name as yours purchase a domain name similar to yours. This is typically not in bad faith, however, it can decrease traffic from your site and all the time and effort you put into building your domain name could benefit them.
3. Your domain registration expires. A key element to protecting your domain name is paying attention to the registration period. Know when it expires and the legal rights associated with your ownership. Failing to reregister opens up the door for others to take your name and you’re back at square one.
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Safeguarding against cybersquatting, trademark infringement and website disputes
Protect yourself against third parties who may look to benefit off of your domain name or trademark. This can include registering, trafficking in or using an Internet domain name in bad faith to profit off of a trademark that belongs to someone else.
In case that this does occur, our attorneys have extensive experience in in online legal disputes such as: filing and responding to Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In the case the litigation is required under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, rest assured we have the experience and skills necessary to protect you and your website to the utmost degree.