What’s in a Trademark?

Simply unreal…

Apparently, to certain Domain Registrar companies from Asia, there is NOTHING to a trademark! Here is a lovely excerpt from a recent email sent to our offices:

We are Hong Kong Network service Company Limited, a domain name registration center in Asia. Yesterday we received an application from another company for the domain names “lizzdmcproductions”, but later we found your company is their original owner and this may involve your company name or trademark and this may cause confusion between your products and others’, and bring about negative effect on your company. Therefore we decided to inform you of this and check out your attitude toward this matter.

Here was our reply:

We are concerned that the company in question may be engaged in the practice of Cybersquatting, which according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price. We would sincerely appreciate the denial of the company’s application for domain registration under our trademark names. Please inform the company that any attempt to register these names may result in an ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceeding to be initiated with an approved dispute resolution service provider.

And finally… here was THEIR reply:

We perfectly understand this is your company name or trademark, and that was exactly why you’ve got these emails from us. Domains are different from trademark or company name, as they can be registered worldwide… Once you would like to protect or preserve them by registering ahead due to the importance, one valid application form will be sent to start your prior registration. Or we are going to approve the application from the third party if your company does not lay claim to these domains.

If you would like more information about these scams, check out the following article, Fraudulent e-mail from registrar: case study of a Chinese company. Stay safe, take care, but don’t get taken! 😀

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