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Can a Domain Name Infringe on a Trademark?

If you have noticed a domain name that is strikingly similar to your registered trademark, there is standardized legal recourse available for dealing with this domain name issue. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organizes and coordinates domain name registration internationally. ICANN implemented the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, also known as “the Policy,” to deal with trademark dilemmas common in the Wild West days of early internet usage in which individuals registered intentionally infringing domain names. Do People Register Domain Names in Bad Faith? According to the Policy, those who choose to infringe upon a registered trademark with a domain name can be held accountable if ICANN finds them acting in bad faith. Registering a domain name in bad faith may occur with the following motivations: For the primary purpose of selling it back to the trademark holder for significantly more than it costs to maintain To…
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