Stolen domain names and domain theft are all to common. Sometimes, the person who seals a domain name has access to the registrants account with the register. Their former employee, partner, or website developer. Now that they control the registrants account, they essentially control the domain name.
What our cybersquatting law attorneys typically see is a falling out between parties. Once a dispute arises, the person who controls the domain names starts using that as leverage for some other purpose. Domain name theft can take a variety of different forms. But the end result is the same. Your website is held hostage by someone who does not own the trade mark or the domain name itself.
There are a variety of different techniques our domain name attorneys use in order to get a domain name returned. The domain name theft needs to be dealt with quickly and directly. If you have trademark rights in the words which comprise the domain name, you have leverage. If you have a trademark registration for your trademark, you get even more leverage. The first thing that you need to do though is make sure that you address all the various options for securing your domain name before launching the first strike. Contact one of our domain name lawyers for more information.