Domain Name Litigation and UDRPs

In our global marketplace, web-based branding, visibility, and accessibility can give businesses a greater competitive edge than geography or size. Here at Troutman Sanders, we represent some of the most commercially popular domain names and brands, as well as smaller enterprises that are in the process of building brand equity on the Internet.

Our intellectual property lawyers have extensive experience with all aspects of domain name and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) practice. Our team regularly assists clients with domain-name acquisition, branding strategies, counseling, investigation, registration, and investigations. We successfully and economically pursue administrative complaints to stop cybersquatting on our clients’ domain names pursuant to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and through court proceedings under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). We have represented clients such as YKK Corporation, Chick-fil-A, NatWest, Southern Company, Insight Global, and Lumber Liquidators in these matters.

Our experience also includes developing domain-name policing strategies and assisting our clients in creating and implementing effective domestic and international domain-name enforcement programs.

We also advise our clients on the following domain-name related services:

  • Applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs)
  • Portfolio management
  • Sale, transfer and licensing
  • Privacy issues
  • Reputation management
  • Terms of service (TOS)
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