traverselegal - December 18, 2013 - Cybersquatting Law
Stolen domain names and domain theft are all too common. Sometimes, the person who seals a domain name has access to the registrants account with the register. A former employee, partner, SEO company or website developer is often the person ‘stealing’ your domain name. 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.
The answers to these questions are important ones for your attorney to ask, and for you as the client to be ready to answer. The devil is always in the details when it comes to domain hijacking, domain theft and cybersquatting. A good lawyer knows what questions to ask and how to work within client budgets to obtain results.
Contact one of our domain name lawyers for more information.