Domain name dispute
Domain names are the virtual gateway to millions of businesses wide world. What was once thought to be a waste of money, domain names are now recognised as a highly valuable asset. They are at the centre of brand development strategies and can increase traffic and visibility of online presence within hours if marketed properly.
The race to register the next million-dollar.com means that valuable names get registered rapidly, often by the wrong person with the intention to hold it to anothers ransom or to frustrate the business of another.
Disputes arising from abusive registrations of domain names (also known as cybersquatting) can be addressed by expedited administrative proceedings governed by the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, proceedings that a trade mark rights holder initiates before an approved dispute-resolution service provider.
We have years of collective experience dealing with domain name disputes, drafting formal complaints with approved dispute-resolution service providers, drafting responses to complaints all concerning the recovery or prevention of a domain name.
e-commerce and online disputes
It's inevitable that the number of online disputes has risen over the past few years due to the dramatic rise and use of e-commerce stores. If you are facing an online dispute or want to bring a dispute relating to use of a trade mark online, defamation, or copyright infringement, interference with a business, problems with an online service provider metatag abuse or AdWords infringement, please get in touch.
Compliance with consumer rights and unfair trading regulations
It is important that your website be compliant with consumer rights and unfair trading regulations. Our team can review the website and advise on any requirements to ensure it complies with consumer law.
Ensuring you own your domain name, website and content
We work with a wide range of clients, from start ups to high profile brands, advising on all aspects from trade mark and domain name registration, brand management to international protection and IP litigation.
With wide-ranging global expertise, our team can support you with business issues arising both in the UK and overseas whether commercial challenges or those posed by infringers and counterfeit products.
Your brand is your business and so a very precious commodity. Once you've decided upon a name for your business it's important to check that you're not inadvertently copying someone else's name, and then trademarking it.
The best way to avoid infringing on someone's trademark rights is to research, research, and more research. Some new businesses don't undertake a trademark search thinking that owning a company name or domain name registration is enough. Unfortunately, you usually find out that you're infringing someone else's trademark, after you've spent considerable time and money on branding, marketing and building up your reputation.
We can help. From patents to trademarks, copyright infringement to IP litigation, our wide-ranging global expertise means your brand is in safe hands.
Disability and equality requirements
All business websites should be accessible to disabled users under UK law. If your website does not comply, you could be sued for discrimination.
We can advise on how best to make your website compliant, so access is enjoyed by everyone.
There is a requirement for businesses to disclose certain information on their websites to protect the interests of their customers. Failure to comply can lead to action being taken by consumer protection organisations. BPE can help you to review and draft your website terms and conditions and content to make sure you comply to the required legislation.
We can talk you through the options and help you draft privacy and data security and cookie policies.