Domain Names and Cybersquatting

Protecting Your Brand and Marks From Online Infringement

Cybersquatting complaints reach record high in 2008

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Course Materials

This seminar will examine cybersquatting threats to domain names and outline steps for businesses to protect their domain names from infringement and dilution.


Domain names, including a company's trademarks, represent its brand identity online. Worldwide, there are over one billion users on the Internet searching for goods, services and information about brand owners. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent online every year.

Cybersquatting through the registration of domain names that use or are confusingly similar to a known trademark causes consumer confusion, brand dilution, increased expense and loss of sales for trademark owners.

As cybersquatters become increasingly sophisticated in registering domain names and displaying content to profit from the brand identity and goodwill associated with trademarks owned by others, attorneys must arm themselves to protect their clients' valuable IP rights.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys examines cybersquatting and other online trademark abuses. The panel will offer their experienced guidance on effective legal strategies to protect domain names from infringement and dilution.



  1. Background
    1. How the domain name system works
    2. What is a domain name
    3. Types of domain names
  2. Intersection between domain names and trademarks
    1. Differences between domain names and trademarks
    2. Direct navigation
    3. Cybersquatting
  3. Domain name disputes
    1. UDRP/arbitration
    2. ACPA/litigation
  4. Domain name protection strategies
    1. Preemptive registration
    2. Trademark watch
  5. New top-level domains
    1. Dispute procedures
    2. Other topics


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How do cybersquatters take advantage of the domain name system?
  • What factors should be considered when assessing the trademark threat and damage of domain names?
  • How can IP owners reduce the risks and costs due to cybersquatting?
  • What are the key steps that companies can take to protect their domain names and trademarks from infringement and dilution?


Paul D. McGrady, Jr.
Paul D. McGrady, Jr.
Greenberg Traurig

He concentrates his practice at the intersection of information technology and intellectual property, with special...  |  Read More

Karol A. Kepchar
Karol A. Kepchar

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

She heads the firm's Trademark, Copyright and Internet Practice. She advises clients on a wide variety of issues,...  |  Read More

Ira J. Levy
Ira J. Levy

Goodwin Procter

His practice focuses on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising and related matters for an...  |  Read More

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