Is a Copycat Site Hijacking Your Brand??

Is a Copycat Site Hijacking Your Brand??

Trademark, Trademark Infringement, UDRP
So you have a successful brand and online store but have learned that there's a website, or perhaps even an Amazon storefront, utilizing your exact brand, right down to the spelling and even your logo! This copycat site is threatening to trade off of your name to divert traffic and potential sales away from you through selling similar or inferior quality products and potentially harm your brand altogether. What if there was a way you could not only shut down the offending site, but also have it cancelled or, better yet, transferred to you, all without having to go to or incur the expense of a lawsuit in Federal court–and in a fraction of the time to boot? When Someone Imitates Your Brand This very scenario happened earlier this year…
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What Is The UDRP? (and Why It Matters to Your Business)

What Is The UDRP? (and Why It Matters to Your Business)

Domain Names, Trademark, Trademark Infringement, UDRP
In the past month, I've had a number of clients who are either facing, or are in a good position to use, the Uniform Domain-name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) for their websites and domain names. Given this rash of requests to our e-commerce law firm, this might be a good idea to explain just what is the UDRP and the advantages it offers online businesses and trademark owners facing disputes over domain names utilizing or confusingly similar to their valuable brands. What is the UDRP? The explosion of the World Wide Web in the very late 20th Century led to a number of enterprising individuals attempting to register trademarks they did not own or had no legal authority to use as Internet domain names. The purpose behind this "land grab"…
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