Business Names, Trademarks and Domain Names

Welsh Law Business NamesThis is a very thorny and grey area in the age of electronic technology. Unfortunately there are those who stand on the sidelines awaiting the expiry of a domain name registration or a business name and snap up the opportunity with the intention of selling back to the originator their own intellectual property.

This is an area as well where business persons should definitely seek out the assistance of an intellectual property lawyer to protect what is probably their most valuable asset: Their Brand.

Not infrequently, but very discouragingly, business persons have found that their trade-mark registration was of little assistance upon learning of the registration of a domain name with the identical characteristics. Similarly, aggressive domain name registrants in foreign countries watch carefully for the expiry of a registration of a corporation in Canada and claim they have clients seeking domain name registrations in a foreign country with identical characteristics. The foreign country domain name registrars seek the opportunity to be the registrant of the Canadian company’s domain name.

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