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Domain Name Disputes
A core part of our Internet law practice involves domain name disputes. A domain name is a valuable commodity these days. For business owners, a domain name provides that crucial piece of information that helps to bring customers to “the door”. Domain names, unfortunately, also provide an avenue by which a business’s name may be misused or a trademark infringed. Sometimes, domain name registrants with three-letter, generic or descriptive dictionary word domains are threatened or sued. In such instances, domainers need an attorney to provide a strong defense where such registrations are for legitimate purposes and were made and used in good faith. Additionally, we may be successful in obtaining a ruling of “reverse hijacking” against such a complainant. Resolving disputes over domain names requires an understanding of the nuances of trademark law, familiarity with prior case law and knowledge of all available options for resolving such disputes- be it sending and responding to cease and desist letters or participating in arbitration or litigation. We represent both trademark holders and those accused of cybersquatting in ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy arbitration and in federal litigation actions under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). UDRP actions conclude with either a transfer of the domain name or denial of the UDRP complaint. Claims may also be brought in federal court to stop a domain name transfer ordered by a UDRP panel or under the ACPA, which allows for statutory damages and fines up to $100,000 per domain name registered. With our experience in all forms of Internet law litigation, you can be assured that your case will be handled in the most professional, efficient and effective manner. If you are involved in a domain name dispute, you want an attorney on your side who understands such proceedings and can make a persuasive case on your behalf.