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Domain registered at same time as trademark

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Hi,

 

Does anyone know the legal position of the following please?

 

A US domain registrar customer (NameSilo) has registered a .com domain on the same day the GB IPO trademark has gone through..

 

They want $990 for the domain (which is very specific and clearly been registered in bad faith).

 

Contacted NameSilo they say to email abuse@. Looking online it can cost $500-$1200-$1500 for a dispute and takes at least 60 days..

 

Thoughts..?

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I'm sure it is no coincidence and I'm sure it is an abuse. I expect that there are people or bots who are looking at IPO registrations and then registering relevant domain names and picking up a nice little bit of money by then selling them on. It is abusive but unfortunately unlike trademarks, the domain name world is scarcely regulated and it really is well after time that it should have been brought under the same rules as the trademark system.

It won't help you now – but if you are considering applying for a trademark, you should buy the domain name first of all. They are generally speaking very cheap and that is the way that you can protect yourself. Not only that, you should register defensively so that you buy the domain name you want and the various other suffixes all around it.

I doubt whether there is much you can do except pay the money if you really need it that badly. Even if they decide to use the name in the USA, do you really have the money and the energy to challenge it?

Sorry I don't think there is much good news to tell you


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very very common!!

which is mainly why .co.uk was bought in.

 

you don't need .com!


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