Domain Names/Cybersquatting |
Domain name enforcement is an important element in any brand protection or online security strategy. Online crooks use domain names that incorporate trademarks or confusingly similar terms to divert customers, trade on valuable goodwill and generally tarnish brand reputation.
Perkins Coie attorneys have significant experience in developing and managing domain name enforcement programs, including prosecuting domain name arbitrations and litigations. Over the past decade, we have secured the transfer of hundreds of domain name registrations and won substantial damages judgments on behalf of many clients, often employing innovative and creative tactics to meet clients' needs. This deep experience also results in substantial efficiencies and cost-savings for our clients.
Some recent examples include:
- In Nintendo v. Us, we prosecuted cybersquatting claims against more than 20 defendants, resulting in the transfer of more than 80 domains and a $560,000 judgment for Nintendo.
- In Costco v. Sachal Hardware, we successfully prosecuted cybersquatting claims against the registrant of costcowireless.com.
- In Washington Mutual v. Phayze, WIPO D2003-0283, we won transfer of seven domains utilizing then-novel expert testimony to show that different registrants were, in fact, the same.
- In craigslist v. Register by Proxy, NAF FA0710001087532, we won transfer of the cragslist.com domain name.
- In NTT DoCoMo, Inc. v. ATT Wireless, WIPO DBIZ2002-00141, we successfully defended a .biz STOP proceeding for ATT and won a finding of reverse domain name hijacking.