Domain Names & Internet Law

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Securing an appropriate domain name in today’s saturated online world can be difficult, and can be further complicated by trademark issues. Trademark law can impact your ability to register a domain name, or can help you prevent others from registering a similar domain name. The introduction of additional top level domains (TLDs) has increased available options, but has also increased the difficulties that companies face in monitoring and securing appropriate domain names. Our lawyers can work with you to devise a strategy to protect your brand on the Internet.

Our lawyers provide clients with practical advice on Internet-related issues where intellectual property plays a significant role. These matters can involve domestic and international clearance of trademarks for online use and preparing a range of intellectual property-related agreements, such as terms of use and privacy policies for websites and apps, ownership agreements, consent agreements for use of content online by third parties, and domain name transfer and license agreements.

We can also advise wherever there is an online dispute involving intellectual property. For example, our lawyers have helped clients manage domain name ownership disputes, represented clients in arbitrations under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP), pursued and defended claims under anti-cybersquatting legislation, pursued and defended the use of meta tags and ad words online, and pursued and defended claims arising out of online theft of confidential information.

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