Protecting Your Family Business From Cybersquatting | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Using the internet proficiently is a requirement for success in today’s business environment. However, there are a number of challenges to ensuring that your business’s internet presence is protected. The following article explores one such concern for protecting your internet presence—cybersquatting.

What Is Cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting is the act of registering, using, or selling an internet domain name that includes another party’s trademark for the purpose of profiting from that trademark. Multiple behaviors fall within the definition of cybersquatting, which requires three elements: (i) the domain name at issue is confusingly similar to the aggrieved party’s trademark; (ii) the domain name owner has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name; and (iii) the domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith. If any of these elements is missing, then cybersquatting is not present.

One common form of cybersquatting is…

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