Domain Name Protection

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Register the Domain Name in All Three Main Top-Level Domains

Registering the domain name in all three main top-level domains (and any other top-level domains which may provide value) which all direct Internet users to the same website is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure that a variation of the domain name is not used to re-direct customers to another company's website.


Register Common Misspellings of the Domain Name

Registering common misspellings of the domain name will help reduce the risk that an Internet user will misspell the domain name and be directed to another business's website.


Obtain a Federal Trademark Registration for the Domain Name

If a domain name acts to identify the source of products or services (and not merely as an indication of the address of a particular website), it may be possible to register the domain name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Though federal law protects both registered and unregistered trademarks, the owner of a properly registered mark is afforded additional benefits not available to owners of unregistered marks.

Additional Resources

Common Issues Facing E-Commerce Businesses: Protection of Domain Names

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