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Domain name registration and protection

Domain names allow people to identify your business on the internet have become vital business assets. Davies Collison Cave’s team of expert domain name registrars and trade mark attorneys can help identify your domain name.

Domain name registration

As authorised resellers of domain names with two Australian based domain name registrars, Davies Collison Cave can offer competitive registration and renewal fees to clients.

A global network

For certain country codes (ccTDL), we find it desirable and in some cases essential, to process registration requests using our well established international network of overseas trade mark attorney firms.

To minimise abusive registrations, we regularly keep clients up to date on the release of and registration requirements concerning new top level (gTLD) or country code (ccTDL) domain names.

Renewal services

To streamline the renewal process, our firm provides a comprehensive renewal reminder service. In addition, we customise our communications structure to reflect our clients’ respective business unit structure. An example of this is where we set up ‘sub accounts’ with our registrars, which allow "sub account" clients to directly access and update their domain name portfolios at any time. This allows for our clients to make changes such as delegation changes, which may be required outside normal office hours.

Resolving domain name disputes

Domain name disputes typically arise over the registration of domain names which incorporate third party brands or trade marks.

Infringement of trade mark rights

In Australia, use of a trade mark in a domain name may infringe a registered trade mark or amount to a breach of a trade mark owner's common law rights. We handle pre-litigation disputes involving enforcement of trade mark rights and defending allegations made against you, with our litigation team dealing with matters before the courts.

Dispute resolution mechanisms

Many domain name disputes are resolved by lodgement of Complaints under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP") or the Australian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("auDRP"). We have successfully lodged several Complaints under the UDRP and auDRP. We also regularly advise on dispute resolution policies adopted by various country code (ccTDL) domain names.

Defensive monitoring

Davies Collison Cave provides global defensive domain name services to clients. Through our domain name watch service we can arrange to monitor and report any top-level (gTDL) and country code (ccTDL) domain names that are identical or confusingly similar to your trade mark, globally across the Internet.

Reports on potentially problematic domain names can be provided periodically, together with advice. We handle conflict matters through to resolution and arrange for domain names to be transferred.

Davies Collison Cave: domain name experts

Our trade mark and IP law teams combine extensive trade mark expertise with a detailed technical and commercial understanding of the internet and domain name issues. We encourage you to get in touch to find out how we can help you with your domain name questions.