|[21 JUN 00]
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Firms Warned -
Beware Of Cybersquatters!
businesses are being urged to make a name for themselves and register
their company’s trading name as an internet site, before someone
is becoming a big on-line problem and Trading Standards officers in
the county have been asked to investigate cases of rival firms signing
up their domain names.
firms have used the site with their rival’s names to make negative
comments about their products, or have attempted to sell the internet
address to the business for an inflated price.
and villages hoping to register their names have found the sites
already taken by companies hoping to make a profit out of the name.
Standards officers are therefore urging businesses to act now and
register their company name before it's too late.
that want to find out if they can still register their domain name can
contact CWN, who can see if they are available and how much they cost.
Managing Director Chris Studman said:
is an increasing problem and one that we hear about a lot. As a
reputable local firm, we are well-established to help any firms sort
out their domain name.”
are further urged to register their name as a trademark with the
Patents Office on 01633 814000 as this may give them extra protection.
companies with their trading names registered could have the added
protection of the courts where a trademark has been infringed.
is presently no UK law to stop anyone, including a rival firm, from
registering the unregistered name of any other company, but
legislation in the USA is shortly to be passed which will prevent
people from registering domain names similar to well-known trademarks.
Trading Standards believes that a similar law in the UK would help to
Hunter, Director of Trading Standards will chair a session on
e-commerce at the Trading Standards Institutes annual conference in
Brighton this week, where he will be voicing his belief that buying
on-line is set to continue to grow and that Trading Standards
authorities will face new challenges and play a key role in
will also highlight the need for greater levels of co-operation
between law enforcement agencies in the UK, and across the world.