In recent years domain name disputes, commonly referred to as cybersquatting, and disputes about trade marks within online content, have become extremely prevalent. Whilst a domain name is not a trade mark, its ability to direct internet traffic to a trade mark owner’s website means it is an extremely valuable business asset.
Cybersquatting involves registering or using a domain name in bad faith and may involve issues relating to infringement and passing off. Some actions, such as establishing a gripe site, whilst extremely annoying for a trade mark owner, may not necessarily be illegal and therefore the successful resolution of many disputes involving websites requires careful handling.
GJE’s trade mark attorneys are very familiar with all types of disputes involving websites and trade marks. We regularly act for clients on issues relating to the misuse of ad words, meta data, nefarious content on websites and social media, acquiring websites anonymously for clients and filling disputes according to policies set by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Above all else we have excellent negotiating skills to help resolve disputes where no illegal action has been committed.
If you would like to know more about how our expertise in this area can benefit your business then please get in touch. We welcome enquiries and will be delighted to explain in more detail why you should consider GJE for your IP needs.