Domain Name Matters

Businesses need a knowledgeable guide to help them navigate the different rules and policies that govern the burgeoning number of country code and other top level domains. Our attorneys are skilled at handling all types of domain name matters and are ready to guide your company through the sometimes convoluted mechanisms involved in registering or recovering domain names.

We handle adversarial proceedings under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) and related domain name dispute policies, having filed some of the earliest UDRP cases, and even the earliest country level domain name despites such as at Nominet in the UK. Our understanding of the intricacies of the UDRP and its application has helped us successfully retrieve infringing domain names and also stave off claims for recovery of such names. Our attorneys have also litigated important issues of policy in the U.S. federal courts concerning the applicability of the UDRP.

With the ever continuing roll-out of new top level domains, we have counseled clients about whether and how best to register in the new domains and have instructed clients as to when to utilize the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) Trademark Clearinghouse to help monitor third parties’ domain name registrations, in an effort to thwart infringement and piracy at its earliest stages.