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Domain name scams: can you ignore the email you received about a company applying to register your mark as a domain name? Generally yes!

 Lexology


Canada, Global June 20 2016

In recent years, we have received countless enquiries from clients worried about an email they received about a company trying to register their mark as a domain name or keyword, usually in China or Hong Kong. The emails usually take the following form:

This is a letter to confirm the registration of your company name [WELL KNOWN MARK],please read it thoroughly. Today, our center received an application from [MADE UP COMPANY, USUALLY STARTING WITH AN ACRONYM] and they applied to register [WELL KNOWN MARK] as their brand name and some top-level domain names (.CN .HK. .TW, .ASIA, etc).

We found the main body of domain names is same as your company name. I am not sure about the relationship between you and them.

We are dealing with the application and we need to confirm whether you have authorized them? If you don’t authorize them, please reply me an e-mail. Looking forward to your reply.

OR

We mainly deal with IPR registration internationally. We received a formal application from a company who is called [MADE UP COMPANY] are applying to register the international trademark [WELL KNOWN MARK] on [YESTERDAY].

We checked and found the keyword is similar to your company’s name. So we inform you to confirm whether you authorized the company registered the international trademark. If you have authorized, then we can finish registering for them as per our duty. If not, we hereby suspect the company to be a international trademark grabber.         …Read the entire article at Lexology 

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