Internet trademark scam

Our clients often receive emails purporting to be trying to help protect their Internet trademark. These are usually from companies trying to get you to register Chinese and other Asian domain names (i.e. domain names ending in .cn, .com.cn or .asia).

These are spam emails and are best ignored. For most small businesses, a single domain name is sufficient. If you operate in Ireland only, you do not require any other country specific domain names. The .ie domain name indicates a website based in Ireland although you might consider a .co.uk domain name if mainly trading in the North of Ireland.

If the domain name your are using is registered in your company name, i.e. you are the registrant, and you have a trustworthy administrative contact for the domain, then there is no risk to your domain name, which will always remain yours as long as you maintain your annual domain name registration. Generally we register domain names on behalf of our clients and we also maintain the annual domain name registration.

Should you ever require other country specific domain names then there are many reputable domain name registration companies operating in Ireland that can register country specific domain names throughout the world. We can also register domain names through the domain name registrar for whom we are domain name resellers.

The text of a typical spam email is reproduced below where the actual company name of the email recipient has been replaced by ‘companyname’.

Subject: notice protect– internet trademark intellectual property safeguard

Dear Manager:

We are a Domain Name registration service company, which is a professional Internet Domain Name Registration and dispute resolution organization in China.
On Nov.27th,2009, We received HAITONG Investment company’s application that they are registering the name ” companyname ” as their Internet Keyword and ” companyname .cn “?” companyname .com.cn ” ?” companyname .asia “domain names etc..,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check. According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Best regards,