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Internet and Domain Names

Today, a company’s Internet presence plays an increasingly vital role in its ultimate business success. Cantor Colburn offers clients a full range of strategic services designed to support their digital identities by establishing, maintaining, protecting, and enforcing their online trademark rights, copyrights, and domain names. Well-versed in evolving policies and standards, we are able to help our diverse group of clients successfully navigate this crucial area of intellectual property law. Our internet and domain name counsel includes:

Strategic Counsel on Internet Issues and Domain Name Portfolio Development and Protection
A website address is an integral part of an organization’s brand identity. Cantor Colburn is highly experienced in helping clients develop viable domain name strategies that meet their individual needs. We work with clients to create and select effective domain names and provide astute advice on the acquisition, registration, and enforcement of domain names.

Domain Name Selection and Registration
The choice of a domain name is the critical first step in establishing and protecting online IP rights. We help clients to create domain names that will achieve their objectives and help them secure and register such names.

Domain Name Acquisition
We assist with the acquisition of domain names for our client by running searches on desired domain names and where desired are already registered, help with the acquisition of domain names.

Anticybersquatting and Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) Proceedings
Cantor Colburn attorneys regularly assist clients facing cybersquatting issues. The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) offered through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an expedited and less-costly administrative proceeding that allows trademark owners to challenge an infringing domain name registration. Cantor Colburn is experienced in obtaining relief for clients seeking to protect their trademark rights through UDRP proceedings.  Cantor Colburn attorneys regularly handle UDRP proceedings before agencies such as the World Intellectual Property Office and the National Arbitration Forum.

Anticybersquatting and ACPA Proceedings
The 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) provides additional protection against cybersquatters who register domain names in bad faith. Cantor Colburn represents clients in ACPA proceedings in the federal court.

Social Media Trademark Issues and Claims
The social media landscape is rapidly evolving. Such explosive growth in social media usage has generated a host of potential trademark issues. At the forefront of this burgeoning field, Cantor Colburn is well equipped to guide clients through a shifting legal environment by offering up-to-date counsel on everything from trademark protection for hashtags, user names, and brand identities to compliance with social media policies. We safeguard our clients’ social media presences, protecting them against the unauthorized use of their marks.

Trademark Dilution
Instances of trademark dilution have increased with the proliferation of Internet web addresses. Our team attorneys are effective advocates for clients who believe that the unique strength and identity of a brand is being diluted by a similar mark.

New Generic Top-Level Domain Names

In late 2013, ICANN introduced the first new generic top-level domain names (“gTLDs”), created by companies, organizations, and individuals for their brands and industry-related terms.  The new gTLD registries have been launching at a furious pace.  The Trademark and Copyright Practice Group at Cantor Colburn is prepared to answer any questions you may have about the new gTLDs, including providing strategic advice on which marks to register with the Trademark Clearinghouse, registering defensive domain names, watching for abusive registrations, and initiating domain name dispute proceedings.