Domain Name & Website Disputes

Experienced Lawyer to Protect Your Website

  • Has someone begun marketing products or services similar to yours on a copycat website?
  • Has someone put up a website with a website address or domain name that is similar to yours to disparage your goods, services or company?
  • You may be able to gain control of the offending site using a UDRP arbitration complaint for around $4,000.00 as opposed to protracted litigation in the Federal Courts.

Although the Internet has increased marketing opportunities for businesses, it has also been the source of problems. The inappropriate use of domain names and websites is on the rise.

Competitors may mimic sites or domain names in a way that confuses potential customers. Customers may believe copycat websites are associated with the original website and company, resulting in a loss of market share. Competitors or any ill-intentioned entity may put a site with a confusingly similar domain name in order to disparage a business.

Galen Gentry is the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the Beverly Hills Bar. He has the highest possible rating an attorney can receive for legal skills and ethical conduct from the two most popular attorney rating sites–avvo.com and martindale.com.  At the Law Offices of Galen Gentry, we offer clients throughout Southern California, and across the nation strong defense in a variety of domain name and website disputes.  Contact us at 800.486.6814 or 310.282.7521 to schedule your appointment.

Understanding the ICANN and UDRP Complaints

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) provides an arbitration procedure to resolve domain name and website disputes. The arbitration is initiated by filing a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Complaint (UDRP).

In order to prevail, the complaining party must prove that the abusive website has a name that is confusingly similar or identical to a trademark or service mark in which the complaining party has rights. They must next prove that the respondent has no rights or legitimate interest in the domain name. Lastly, the complaining party must prove that the respondent’s domain name has been registered and is currently being used in bad faith. For more detailed information about UDRP Complaints, please see Galen Gentry’s informative article “Someone Has Copied My Website, What Can I Do?”

How We Help

Sometimes a UDRP Complaint is the best approach. One can gain control of the domain name for a fraction of the cost of trademark suit. If domain infringement is part of a larger trademark infringement problem, it may make sense to file a lawsuit in federal court. Let us help you determine the most economical and effective solution. At the Law Offices of Galen Gentry, we will carefully investigate the facts and make a determination on how to proceed based on what we uncover.

Contact us today.

Worried about a lawsuit or dispute arising out of domain name, website, key word advertising or other internet issues such as contract or fraud? Call us for a free consultation. Beverly Hills Business Attorney Galen Gentry can help you protect your business. Whether yours is a start up or a going concern we can help minimize lawsuit exposure and effectively litigate disputes. With 25 years of experience and the highest rating for legal skills and ethical conduct from avvo.com and martindale.com, Galen can work with you to avoid costly legal problems through proper planning. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation. Serving clients in Southern California including Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, The San Fernando Valley, Glendale, Pasadena, Ventura County, Orange County and Long Beach.