Domain Name Basics – Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a domain name?

A domain name is known technically as a “uniform resource locator” or “URL.”  The domain name locates and identifies a particular web page on the Internet. Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to. There are currently only a limited number of such domains. For example:

  • com – commercial business
  • org – Organizations (nonprofit)
  • gov – Government agencies
  • edu – Educational institutions
  • mil – Military
  • net – Network organizations
  • ca – Canada
  • th – Thailand

 

2. How do I search for domain name availability?    

Trademarkia Domain Search (http://www.trademarkia.com/domain/) allows you to search domain names to screen out ones that are already taken.

When you are ready to reserve domain name, you can click the tab labeled, “Reserve Domain”.  From there, simply select a reservation package offered by one of our attorney or law firm advertisers, and you will be prompted to provide all of the information needed in order to reserve your domain name.

 

3. How do I find domain names that might infringe my rights?

Search your trademark on Trademarkia Domain Search (http://socialmedia.trademarkia.com/domain/) to see if there are any existing websites using your mark.  Also search confusingly similar marks to yours.  For example, if your trademark is “Candy Hotel,” search variations such as “Candies Hotel,” “Candy Hotels,” “Kandy Hotel,” etc.

 

4. How do I determine the ownership of a domain name?

Search the domain name on Trademarkia Domain Search (http://socialmedia.trademarkia.com/domain/).  Click on the domain name in question to determine the domain’s registration data.

 

5. What can I do if someone has a confusingly similar domain as mine?

Check to see when the domain was registered to determine who used the trademark first.  Search the domain name on Trademarkia Domain Search (http://www.trademarkia.com/domain/).  Click on the domain name in question to determine the domain’s registration data.   You can make an offer to buy the confusing similar domain or consider sending a cease & desist letter to stop the infringing use.  Alternatively, if the confusing similar domain does not affect you or your business, you can chose to simply ignore it.

If you would like to send a cease & desist letter, please click the tab labeled “Protect Website” located on the Trademarkia Domain Search website (http://www.trademarkia.com/domain/).  From there, simply select a cease and desist letter service package offered by one of our attorney or law firm advertisers, and you will be prompted to provide all of the information needed in order to protect your trademark.

 

6. How can I stop someone from infringing my trademark by registering a confusingly similar domain name?

You can offer to buy the confusing similar domain or alternatively, send a cease & desist letter to stop the infringing use.

If you would like to send a cease & desist letter, please click the tab labeled “Protect Website” located on the Trademarkia Domain Search website (http://www.trademarkia.com/domain/).  From there, simply select a cease and desist letter service package offered by one of our attorney or law firm advertisers, and you will be prompted to provide all of the information needed in order to protect your trademark.

 

7. How can I stop defamatory statements made against me and/or my company on other domain names?

You can send a cease & desist letter to stop defamatory statements made against you and/or your company on other domain names.

If you would like to send a cease & desist letter, you can click the tab labeled “Protect Website” located on the Trademarkia Domain Search website (http://www.trademarkia.com/domain/).  From there, simply select a cease and desist letter service package offered by one of our attorney or law firm advertisers, and you will be prompted to provide all of the information needed in order to protect your trademark.

 

8. How can I stop someone displaying my copyrighted work on their domain name?

 You can send a cease & desist letter to stop someone from displaying your copyrighted work on their domain name.

If you would like to send a cease & desist letter, please click the tab labeled “Protect Website” located on the Trademarkia Domain Search website (http://www.trademarkia.com/domain/).  From there, simply select a cease and desist letter service package offered by one of our attorney or law firm advertisers, and you will be prompted to provide all of the information needed in order to protect your trademark.

 

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