A domain name dispute occurs when one party registers (or attempts to register) a domain name that another party believes belongs to them. There are several ways how a business-owner or individual can become involved in a domain name dispute. Here are a few of them:
- One party allows a well-known domain registration to expire and another picks it up before the first can re-register.
- One party purchases a domain with a very similar name to one of its competitors, often with the intention of misleading the public or making the original company look bad.
- One party purchases a domain name with the sole purpose of blocking another interested party from using it.
- Two (or more) parties are arguing over who has more of a right to use a particular domain name.
If you find yourself in such a situation, there are a few ways you can proceed. One is to simply choose a different domain name. If you feel that you have the right to the domain name in question, particularly because you have a registered trademark of the same name, then this matter might be worth pursuing rather than dropping.
Another way is to contact the party who has purchased the domain that you want and try to buy it from them. The problem with this is that if you are negotiating regarding the sale of the domain, this can cause a problem later if you decide to have the matter resolved through the legal system.
Finally, you can look into ways to legally claim (or reclaim) the domain name.
At Triangle Trademarks, we can help you navigate the domain name dispute resolution process. We know the laws and we can assist you in getting the domain that you have a right to. We can also help if you are being contacted by someone who is claiming that they have a right to the domain name you have already chosen and registered. Call us today to discuss how we can help you with your domain name dispute resolution.