Trademarks & Domain Names

There’s always the fear that somebody’s going to put in a domain name and use your same trademark as a domain name. First of all, yes, if you get a trademark, it is bright, behooves you to go ahead and instantly register for the domain name. It’ll prevent future fights. Even my own firm’s trademark name has been knocked off by multiple players, even though they know about it. So, yeah, get your domain name right away. The good news is, though, if you have a trademark and somebody comes along and files for a domain name that is your trademark and sells similar goods, you can basically file a complaint and take over or force the transfer assignment of that domain name to you. It’s called an ICAN complaint and that’s how you take care of somebody who is violating your trademark via domain.