Internet Domain Names

With the creation and advancement of the Internet, a myriad of legal issues face today’s business owner. This includes the protection of their own domain names and trademarks respecting their domain names, and ensuring competitors and other businesses are not improperly gaining financially from their business efforts and branding investments. It also includes ensuring they are not liable to third parties for U.S. and international laws respecting cybersquatting and domain name abuse, trade dress and trademark infringement and numerous additional industrial rights norms.

A few areas of coverage include: comprehension of uniform resource locators (domain names) and the distinctions between the technology and legal rights secured by the technology; familiarity with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and being versed in its Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy; counseling on recovering a domain name from infringing cybersquatters; counseling regarding First Amendment protections, and avoiding infringement upon US and other national trademarks and service marks; application of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act; and counseling about the treatment by federal U.S. Circuit Courts in the treatment of web page URL issues relating to ownership of domain names, trademark issues and the impact of jurisdictional authorities.

Our related practice areas include:

• Banking and Finance
• Copyrights
• Licensing and IP Transactions
• Trademarks and Advertising
• Trademark and Copyright Litigation
• Strategic IP Counseling