Internet Domain Name Disputes

With the boom in e-commerce, businesses increasingly face conflict arising from the alleged misuse of trademarks in internet domain names. Our business lawyers represent clients involved in domain name conflicts, including claims based on trademark hijacking, cybersquatting, and typosquatting. Traditional laws governing use of intellectual property have not kept pace with internet commerce. To address emerging problems, Congress and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) adopted rules to resolve disputes. Issues arising from use and misuse of trademarks on the internet affect every business. Our business lawyers prepared this white paper to highlight the conflicts and risks that can arise in the field. The paper explores the standards by which conflicts are resolved. Finally, it offers guidelines useful for managing domain name conflict and risk. The information is pertinent to businesses in Maryland, Washington DC, and nationwide.

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