Trademarks and Brands

Yet More Cybersquatting in the U.S. Presidential Campaign

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 22 February, 2016

Back in October 2015, when there were more than 20 candidates active in the U.S. presidential race, we wrote about a number of cybersquatters making use of candidates’ names in URLs. Sixteen candidates have since dropped out of the race — and as of this writing, it’s now down to two Democrats and five Republicans.

And the cybersquatting continues . . .

Before Jeb Bush dropped out of the race this past weekend, Donald Trump’s campaign purchased a namesake domain of rival candidate Bush — Visitors to are redirected It’s not the only place you’ll find redirects to the Trump campaign. Visit and and you’ll experience the same thing. And, as the New York Daily News points out, redirects to a faux “news” website resembling The Huffington Post that has an anti-Clinton slant.

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Topics: cybersquatters

China Dominates Field of Domain Owners

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 18 December, 2015

It’s a fact: China is now the largest buyer of domain names.

“136 of the 676 2-letter .com domain names are now owned by Chinese registrants, breaking the 20% barrier (20.1% to be exact),” tweeted George Kirikos last month.

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Topics: cybersquatters, domains

More U.S. Presidential Candidate Cybersquatting …

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 17 December, 2015

It wasn’t enough that directs people to Donald Trump’s website, right? Now redirects to, Jeb Bush’s real campaign page. (Note that Trump’s middle initial is actually “J” not “T”.)

What’s a political candidate to do to avoid these annoying cybersquatters, especially those using misspellings of

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Topics: cybersquatters

Cybersquatter Alert! Are You Protecting Your Domains?

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 7 December, 2015

A recent BBC News report highlighted a slew of interesting examples of cybersquatting where domain names similar to existing brand names are bought up to compete with competitors, confuse buyers, or with the intent to make money by reselling them. Among the brands involved in recent cases are Google’s new parent company, Alphabet and the domain, and German automaker BMW which managed to win back the domain from a Japanese owner who tried to sell it for $1 million.

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Topics: cybersquatters, domain infringement, domains

US Presidential Candidates Fall Victim to Cybersquatters

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 7 October, 2015

Since cybersquatters are an everyday threat to brands around the globe, it should come as no surprise that even 2016 US Presidential candidates have come under attack domain-wise. Take a look at what’s happening on some of the domains using the candidates’ names, courtesy of The Hill:

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Topics: cybersquatters, domains


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