Your web domain is important to your business, know if you own it

On Behalf of | May 21, 2015 | Intellectual Property |

If you own a business, chances are at some point down the road you will have to make a decision that will either lead to success or failure. One decision that some business owners have found particularly challenging is choosing a domain name. This can be a challenge because it is going to be one of the main ways in which customers find your company. Choosing poorly could cost you customers. But if you don’t follow the law, it could cost you more than that.

As some of our Pasadena readers have discovered on their own, there is a lot more to securing a domain name than simply choosing one. Because web domains are registered, companies need to make sure that they have the right to use a domain before they do so. This can be done in a number of ways, but the best way is to utilize the knowledge and experience of a business law attorney.

As was illustrated in an article for Entrepreneur, having a registered domain does not make you immune to legal issues. Consider for a moment the fact that when you register a domain, an owner needs to be listed. If the company is not listed as the owner but rather an employee who ends up leaving the company, you can find yourself facing a difficult conundrum: someone else owns the rights to your company’s website domain. in addition, domain names bring into pla issues such as trademarks, fictitious business names and even unfair competition laws.

This can lead to litigation, as the Entrepreneur article points out, which requires more help from a lawyer with the knowledge and experience you need in order to reach a favorable resolution for your business. Here at Larson & Gaston, LLP we understand what can be at stake if you do not secure the rights to your website domain or what can happen if these rights fall into another person’s hands. That’s why we’ll work with you to secure and protect your domain name and related intellectual property.

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