Donald Trump recently tangled with a cybersquatter and won. The cybersquatter registered four domain names, each of which included the word “Trump.” The squatter posted websites using these domain names that made fun of “The Donald.”
Trump won ownership of the domain names through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the cybersquatter decided to contest that decision in the Brooklyn federal court. Trump then countersued and was awarded a $32,000 judgment.
This is a reminder for businesses to maintain their brand and protect themselves against cybersquatters. If, in fact, someone is improperly cybersquatting on your brand name, you may very well have recourse above and beyond that which is available at the WIPO — you may be able to get some money out of it. For more, click here