What’s in a Trademark? Take 2…

Looks like the cybersquatters from ASIA are at it again. Here is the latest received correspondence:

Dear Manager,

We received a formal application from a person who is called John Alldis is applying to register “lizzdmcproductions” as their domain names and Internet brand in Hong Kong and also in Asia on 2009-02-02. During our auditing procedure we find out that the alleged John Alldis has no trade mark, brand nor patent even similar to that word. As authorized anti-cybersquatting organization we hereby suspect the alleged John Alldis to be a domain or trademark grabber. Hence we need you confirmation for two things. First of all,whether this alleged John Alldis is your business partner or distributor in Asia. Secondly,whether you are interested in registering these domains and Internet brand instead of that alleged person. (The alleged John Alldis will be entitled to obtain a domain not needed by original trademark owner.) If you are not in charge of this please forward this email to appropriate dept.

This is a letter for confirmation. If the mentioned third party is your business partner or distributor in Asia, please DO NOT reply. We will automatically confirm application from your business partner after this audit procedure.

Best Regards,

Heather Lau
Registration Commissioner
Sponsoring Registrar:Asia Network
Tel: +852 3118 1808
+852 3065 8284
Fax +852 3065 8189
Website: www.asianetworks.asia

Something really needs to be done about these scams. Currently, it looks like the only recourse on the NET is to file a Domain Name Dispute, and apparently, at a considerable cost.

The folks at Nolo, state:

A victim of cybersquatting in the United States has two options:

  • sue under the provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), or
  • use an international arbitration system created by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Trademark experts consider the ICANN arbitration system to be faster and less expensive than suing under the ACPA, and the procedure does not require an attorney.

Hmmm… but what if they are not from the United States??? Stay tuned…

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