Domain Names Disputes – Intellectual Property Solicitors
Domain names are often crucial to the success of a business and advice should be taken at an early stage to protect this key asset. In today’s digital age the first port of call for customers is often a trader’s website.
Our IP team can advise you upon the protection of domain names as part of a larger matter or as a standalone issue.
Domain names and disputes are managed through procedures set by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). ICANN passes over responsibility for the registration of domain names to registrars. Each have their own policies and procedures for registering, maintaining and handling domain names.
Disputes concerning so called generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) such as .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, and .org. are managed by an ICANN-authorised dispute resolution service provider. Disputes concerning country code Top Level Domains such as .co.uk, .fr (France), .de (Germany) are managed by the individual country registry.
Intellectual Property Disputes Advice
Court proceedings can be expensive, but there are quicker and often cheaper alternatives such as the Uniform Dispute Resolution Process or for a .co.uk issue, the Nominet Dispute Resolution Service.
For help and assistance on queries relating to domain names, contact our intellectual property disputes team on 0161 832 6131 or get in touch by filling out one of our online enquiry forms.
Visit our Intellectual Property page for more information.