Florida Domain Name Lawyer
With the explosive rise of the internet as an ideal forum for promoting a company’s goods and services, it has never been more crucial for Florida business owners to protect their intellectual property online. However, even if you are diligent in managing other creative capital, you might not realize that your domain name itself is of critical importance and substantial value. This moniker identifies and distinguishes your company as a trademark. It is essential to secure and preserve the content as a property right, and take prompt legal action when another entity infringes upon your domain name.
Considering the role your domain name plays in terms of your company’s success, you should trust our team at MAVEN IP to tackle the complicated issues. With more than 50 years of combined legal and paralegal experience, we have developed sound strategies for registering, monitoring, and enforcing your rights in this unique type of intellectual property. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with a Florida domain names lawyer, and check out some background information about key concepts.
Laws That Apply to Domain Names
In general, the body of laws that apply to domain names can be categorized into three groups: Registrations, transactions, and disputes. Conflicts often arise over ownership of a domain name, since internet addresses are unique. A company that wins the race to registration will be considered the owner, but such acts may constitute trademark infringement. Situations of domain name hijacking and cybersquatting are common, where a company registers domain names that it knows has value to other organizations – and then sells them at a profit.
You may recognize some of the specific policies, organizations, and measures that pertain to domain names:
- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit organization that registers, coordinates, and maintains domain names;
- ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which works to resolve disputes over domain names; and
- The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) that provides a cause of action against a company that uses bad faith to profit from a domain name.
Assistance with Domain Name Legal Issues
Whether a company has registered a domain using your business name or is claiming your address as its own, our attorneys at MAVEN IP will protect your interests. We are experienced at enforcement actions before various tribunals, including UDRP proceedings. Remedies may include cancellation of an infringing domain name, but you could be entitled to monetary damages in some cases. In addition, our Florida domain names attorneys are prepared to assist with:
- Obtaining trademark protection for your domain name;
- Registering, managing, and monitoring your domains to assess potential infringement; and
- Transactions related to domain names, including sales, purchases, assignments, and licenses.
Get More Information from Our Florida Domain Names Lawyers
If you would like more information on the legal issues that impact domain names and related content, please call MAVEN IP at 305.967.7450 or toll-free at 855.636.2836. We can set up a consultation with a Florida domain names attorney who can review your circumstances and provide custom-tailored advice.