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A domain name is the part of a URL (the address through which a website is accessed e.g. myerson.co.uk) which is unique to a particular website. Each domain name must be unique so that no two are identical.
When the domain name server system was established, it was not predicted that domain names would have any value. However, as the internet became more commercial and widely used, companies began to realise the value of domain names and began suing each other for the right to use a particular domain name. Conflict arises when:
As a domain name is often used to identify the source of information on a website, in effect, a domain name can be used as a trade name or trademark. Therefore, domain names can be capable of being registered as trademarks.
Domain names may also infringe prior trademarks or common-law rights of others. This can be a particular problem for global domain names as they may potentially infringe trademarks which have local scope in a particular country.
A domain name may be valued by reference to:
Most domain names are not unique and therefore tend to be valued using the first of the three methods above. However, any domain name linked to a trademark will be valuable to the holder of the trademark as will any generic domain names which allows someone to exploit the name commercially – in such a case, the last of three methods above will be used to value the domain name.
There are a number of specialist companies who can provide valuations for domain names. As the internet becomes more important, the value of domain names will only carry on increasing and there will be a rise in domain names being bought and sold.
Dealing with domain name disputes can be technical and complicated and are dealt with by specialist Courts in England and Wales or by specialist organisations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN). At Myerson, we can provide you with swift advice in regards to your domain name dispute.
Myerson are members of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (IPLA). The IPLA is an association of approximately 66 law firms who have an established intellectual property department. The fact we are a member of the IPLA demonstrates that we have extensive and detailed experience in the conduct of IP disputes in the UK. One of the main objectives of the IPLA is to lobby for improvements to IP law and practice for the benefit of those who hold IP rights.
Myerson are a nationally recognised law firm with a large team of intellectual property solicitors. Our intellectual property team is ranked by the prestigious Legal 500 law firm directory. Therefore, you can be assured that you will receive the best quality advice and service offering.
Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.
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