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When Companies Merge, Cybersquatters Emerge

When Companies Merge, Cybersquatters Emerge

Big corporate mergers sometimes create big domain name headaches. Aside from increasing the burden and expense of managing a potentially extra-large portfolio of domain name registrations, a prominent merger can alert cybersquatters about new opportunities. This is especially true when the merger is — as is usually the case — announced before completion and when the deal is quite large. For example, the recently announced $15.4 billion deal between Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden will, as The Wall Street Journal reported, combine such high-profile brands as Sharpie markers and Baby Jogger strollers with Rawlings baseball gloves and Mr. Coffee machines.... read more

When Companies Merge, Cybersquatters Emerge

Big corporate mergers sometimes create big domain name headaches. Aside from increasing the burden and expense of managing a potentially extra-large portfolio of domain name registrations, a prominent merger can alert cybersquatters about new opportunities. This is especially true when the merger is — as is usually the case — announced before completion and when the deal is quite large. For example, the recently announced $15.4 billion deal between Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden will, as The Wall Street Journal reported, combine such high-profile brands as Sharpie markers and Baby Jogger strollers with Rawlings baseball gloves and Mr. Coffee machines.... read more

WIPO Domain Name Dispute Filings Rise 4.5% in 2015

The number of domain name complaints climbed by 4.5 percent in 2015, reaching the third-highest level since the launch of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 1999. Although the total number of disputed domain names in those complaints actually dropped — by more than 22 percent — the decrease was largely due to one unusually large case in 2014 (a single eBay dispute with 1,152 domain names) that skewed the numbers. As a result, the average number of domain names per complaint decreased to 1.58 from 2.13. These statistics are from the World Intellectual Property... read more

‘Adult’ Domains Pose New Challenges for Trademark Owners

The launch of new adult-related top-level domains is reminiscent of the early days of cybersquatting, when domain name registrants created pornographic websites that contained trademarks owned by well-known brands. The new TLDs — .adult, .porn, .sex and .sexy — pose new threats for trademark owners online, especially for those who don’t want their brands associated with the adult industry. (To be clear, by “adult,” I am referring here of course not to the definition of the word as “fully developed and mature” but instead to the definition as “dealing in or with explicitly sexual material.”) Already, cybersquatters using the new... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:

Domain Name Disputes

Has someone else registered a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark? Read more…

Copyright Infringement

Is someone copying text, images, music or software from your website? Read more…

Domain Name Transactions

Have you launched a new business or added a brand to an existing business? Read more…

Contracts and licenses

Are you creating or growing your Internet presence? Read more…