Take away domain from a cybersquatter

Started by selearnerlive, Nov 11, 2022, 10:03 AM

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I tried to buy a domain name, but it leads to a different website and redirects to unrelated links. The site has a link indicating that the domain may be for sale, but it is likely a case of cybersquatting. I am unsure of what to do in this scenario and if there is any way to acquire the domain. Has anyone had similar experiences with buying domain names? Would registering a trademark to the address be effective? It seems pointless to negotiate with the seller since they will likely demand an unreasonable price.


There are two options available when it comes to acquiring the domain name:
1. You can negotiate and purchase it from the current owner for a mutually agreed price.
2. If you registered your trademark before the domain name was created, you may be able to take legal action through the courts. However, this option is dependent on the laws of the country where the top-level domain is located. It's important to consider all legal avenues available and research extensively before making any decisions.

Donna D. Phillips

Court decisions can lead to the cancellation of domain registrations. Disputes often arise between trademark owners and domain name holders when the former believes that their intellectual property rights have been infringed upon. Though only 1% of cases heard by Russian arbitration courts in 2001 were related to such intellectual property breaches, disputes over trademark and brand name domains are increasingly common today.

As intellectual property holders continue to adjust to the Internet's changing landscape, it's essential to update regulations and legislation governing the use of copyrighted material online. The global nature of the Internet demands a coherent approach from lawmakers across jurisdictions. Despite the efforts of national and international organizations to address legal shortcomings, much work remains to ensure that laws governing intellectual property are adapted for the digital age.


If the domain you're interested in appears to be involved in cybersquatting or leads to unrelated links, it's possible that someone has registered the domain with the intention of selling it at an inflated price. In such cases, negotiating with the seller may indeed be difficult and potentially futile.

If you believe that the domain infringes on your trademark and you have registered it, you can explore legal options to protect your brand. Registering a trademark can provide you with legal rights and may aid your case if you decide to take legal action against the domain owner. Consulting with a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law can give you more specific advice based on your situation.

In terms of acquiring the domain directly, you might consider reaching out to the domain owner to express your interest. However, be cautious about disclosing too much information or offering a high price upfront as this could encourage the seller to inflate the price even further. It may also be worth investigating alternative domain names that are similar to your desired domain while being cautious of potential trademark issues.

If negotiating with the seller directly doesn't yield any satisfactory results, you could consider seeking out a domain broker or using a domain name marketplace to assist you in acquiring the domain. These services might be able to help navigate the negotiation process and potentially secure the domain at a fair price.

Additionally, if you strongly believe that the domain is infringing on your trademark, you can file a complaint with the appropriate domain dispute resolution body, such as the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, which handles cases involving generic top-level domains like .com, .net, and .org. They can review your claim and potentially transfer the domain to you if it is determined to be an instance of cybersquatting.

there are a few additional strategies you could consider:

1. Monitor the Domain: Keep an eye on the domain to see if it becomes available for purchase in the future. Sometimes, domain owners let their registrations expire, making the domain accessible for registration again. You can use domain monitoring tools or services to track the status of the domain and be alerted when it becomes available.

2. Make a Backup Plan: While waiting for the desired domain to become available, it's a good idea to brainstorm and register similar domain names as a backup plan. This way, if you're unable to acquire your first choice, you still have alternative options that align with your brand.

3. Consider Alternative TLDs: If the .com version of your desired domain is unavailable, you might explore other top-level domains (TLDs) such as .net, .org, or country-specific TLDs that may be suitable for your purposes. However, be cautious about potential trademark conflicts and make sure to choose a TLD that fits your brand image.

4. Seek Legal Advice: Consult with an intellectual property lawyer who specializes in domain name disputes. They can assess your case, help determine if there are grounds for legal action, and guide you through the dispute resolution process if necessary.