According to ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) stipulates that most types of trademark-based domain-name disputes must be resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a domain-name registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name. Alleged abusive registrations of domain names (due to cybersquatting, for example) can be dealt with through expedited administrative proceedings initiated by a trademark owner. Such a trademark owner should either:
- file a complaint against the domain-name holder or the domain name itself (in-rem action) in a court of proper jurisdiction, or
- submit a complaint to an approved dispute-resolution service provider regarding an abusive registration.
FlashPoint IP, a leader among intellectual property firms, approaches such disputes by trying to resolve matters tactfully. Prior to submitting complaints as detailed above, we attempt to reach a settlement with the concerned party through discreet channels first. Our attorneys have broad experience and deep legal knowledge, with an emphasis in technology law and IP strategy. In order to discuss the specifics of your legal needs in detail and the FPIP approach, contact us for a free initial consultation.