Domain Names

Protect against domain name disputes

New brands are popping up every day. Entrepreneurs, small and large companies, and even government offices are all creating new products and services that could potentially result in new domain names. If left unprotected, these domain names provide competitors or tech-savvy malcontents an easy way to damage a company’s reputation and brand.

Our intellectual property lawyers and trademark agents prefer to err on the side of caution. We take steps to prevent, or make difficult, domain name disputes by having both trademark applications and domain name registrations in place. It is always more beneficial and less costly to contest a domain name registered by others if your mark or name is registered as a trademark.

While it may be too costly to register all possible combinations of your domain name, a strategy can be developed to protect top priorities, which vary with each situation.

Other considerations include registering for:

  •  Common top-level domains such as dot.ca and dot.com
  •  Domains such as dot.org or dot.biz
  •  Commonly misspelled version of the domain
  •  Both a non-hyphenated version (e.g. NelliganOBrien.ca) and a hyphenated version (e.g. Nelligan-OBrien.ca)

If a dispute does occur, our intellectual property group has the necessary experience to guide you through any required domain name dispute resolution process, such as ICANN’s UDRP or CPRD.

If you have any questions regarding the best way to safeguard your domain names, please click here to send us an email. Alternatively, call us at 613-238-8080 or in Canada toll free at 833-892-3331.

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