As domain names are constantly popping up and become more popular, the number of people buying, acquiring, or having a domain name is increasing. This results in an increase in domain name owners. This is why there is a risk that International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers or the ICANN with its Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) has recently brought serious risks for innocent domain name owners.
There are several suggestions for owners of domain names to prevent the loss of the domain name. One of the things domain name owners must pay attention to in order to reduce the risk that they will lose their domains is to secure a trademark registration that matches their domain names. It is not that difficult given that a few countries offer this kind of service, and it is not required by law to hire trademark companies.
In line with this consideration for innocent domain name owners’ benefit is the duty of maintaining the Whois information to up-to-date. This is thought essential because there have been instances in which a court or UDRP tribunal deciding against a specific domain owners was based on its ruling on insufficient or outdated Whois information. After doing this domain owners must also verify Their Whois information and Domain Name System information not only once, but continuously.
Because it is a frequent situation that a majority of domain owners fail to pay the registration fee and thus end up losing their domain name, it is essential for domain name owners to pay the registration fees in order to keep their domain names operational and current. The main reason for this is that the Whois data of some domain owners that are outdated will result in the situation that the domain name registration fee did not reach them.
Finally, in the case that someone contacts domain owners about their domains, it’s essential that they understand that no matter how casual or friendly a letter might come from someone requesting for their domain name, the response from the domain owners that make mistakes could result in an action in court or UDRP complaint that takes advantage of an owner’s mistake. However, if the domain owners actually receive an UDRP complaint that is the proper time to respond to the complaint since many UDRP decisions against domain owners are default rulings that are based on the fact that the domain owner has failed to reply to the complaints.