Trademarks and Brands

Equifax Domain Names Recouped in WIPO Cybersquatting Decision

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 20 November, 2017

The massive data breach at US credit bureau Equifax, Inc. in September resulted in the theft of personal details, including names, birthdates, and social security numbers from more than 140 million people.

After news of the breach broke, Equifax set up an official web site called for consumers to refer to for information about the hack. It turns out that many similar domain names were registered after the breach, according to Domain Name Wire, including 138 domain names registered by China Capital investment Limited. Many of the domain names included misspellings of "Equifax" and "security." Some of these sites advertised services for identity theft protection services and credit scores.

In response to this blatant cybersquatting, Equifax filed a successful domain dispute under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and all of these domains are now being transferred to the company.

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Topics: cybersquatters, domain infringement, trademark infringement, domain management

.com Domain Names Dominate UDRP Disputes

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 1 May, 2017

Doug Isenberg examined the effect of new gTLDs on the number of Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) results on the GigaLaw blog in his post entitled, “Dot-Com is Still King — of Domain Name Disputes.” Here are some of the highlights . . .

Although more than 1,200 new gTLDs have been launched, the majority of domain name disputes still involve .com domains. Year-to-date in 2017, .com domain names make up 69.78% of disputes, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For the full year 2016, 66.82% of all gTLD disputes involved .com domain names.

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Topics: domain infringement, domains

Corsearch Answers WHOIS the Owner of a Domain Name with Latest SaaS Product Release

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 12 September, 2016

Today marks the launch of Corsearch Domain Vigilance, a fast and convenient domain investigation tool that uncovers hidden risks across domains globally for trademark practitioners. This self-service tool enables users to conduct a quick WHOIS ownership lookup for a single domain and then, using the ownership record, uncover alternate domains owned by the same individual

With over 326 million registered domain names as of March 2016, Domain Vigilance responds to the growing market demand for more robust and detailed monitoring and risk management with diverse applications, including:

  • Screening for existing domains that conflict with new trademark procurement;
  • Auditing and monitoring corporate domain portfolios or partner domains for brand and regulatory compliance;
  • Identifying and reviewing domains related to mergers and acquisitions; and
  • Discovering unknown trademark and copyright infringement.

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Topics: Corsearch, domain infringement, domains, WHOIS

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


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