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The Origins of ‘Cybersquatting’

The Origins of ‘Cybersquatting’

“Cybersquatting” is a term that is loosely used to describe the registration or use of a domain name that is confusingly similar to someone else’s trademark, without permission. The word surely is an extension of the legal definition of “squatter,” which apparently was first used in 1788 to describe “one that settles on property without right or title or payment of rent.” One of the earliest judicial references to “cybersquatting” is a 1998 opinion from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Avery Dennison Corporation v. Jerry Sumpton. The case — decided before the arrival of... read more

What is the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)?

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is a domain name dispute policy that allows a trademark owner to file a complaint and, if successful, get a domain name temporarily suspended. Like the longstanding Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the URS can be an effective way for trademark owners to combat cybersquatting against their brands online. Indeed, the URS was envisioned as an even quicker and less-expensive approach to resolve a domain name dispute. However, unlike the UDRP, the URS largely applies only to the “new” generic top-level domains (that is, those approved following ICANN’s 2012 domain name expansion... read more

The GigaLaw Guide to UDRP Resources

Here is a list of resources, with links, to important documents on ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which allows a trademark owner to seek the transfer or cancellation of a domain name in .com and other popular generic top-level domains (gTLDs):   UDRP Policy Rules WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Second Edition UDRP Dispute Providers World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Home Page Supplemental Rules Decisions The Forum (formerly the National Arbitration Forum) Home Page Supplemental Rules (.doc) Decisions Czech Arbitration Court Home Page Supplemental Rules Decisions Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution... read more

Comparing and Contrasting Domain Name Statistics at the Forum and WIPO

The Forum (formerly known as the National Arbitration Forum) recently released some statistics on its 2014 caseload for domain name disputes, and the data provides some interesting insights. The Forum’s news release states that the domain name dispute provider handled 1,836 cases last year under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), involving 3,174 domain names. That averages out to 1.73 domain names per complaint. By contrast, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) — which released its statistics six months earlier — remained the most active provider of UDRP services, handling 2,634 cases with a total of 5,591 domain... read more

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

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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:


The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) has been called by Corporate Counsel magazine “the preferred option for most trademark owners” for resolving domain name disputes.


The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is a new dispute policy that enables trademark owners to get a new gTLD (generic top-level domain name) suspended quickly and inexpensively.


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a useful tool for brand owners to help get their content — including text and images — taken down from infringing websites.


Additional domain name dispute policies for country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), and other legal options, help brand owners enforce their rights online.