Since the mid-90s we have been assisting companies with their brand strategy. We are well-equipped to meet the needs and demands of both your legal and marketing departments. We know how to balance the priorities of having a launch date while also managing risk. Many of the world’s most valuable brands rely on us to help provide solid results before a launch. We can also obtain product samples on your behalf and ensure complete chain of custody documentation. IPCybercrime also routinely conducts field inspections to clarify what is happening at subject locations on the ground level. Many of our clients hire us to verify compliance with existing agreements or cease and desist warnings. Our approach is creative, complex, legal, ethical and thorough.
Once your team has decided on a potential name, we recommend that you begin acquisition procedures immediately. We will first conduct a profile on the owner. This will help us determine the subject’s online savvy, financial status and perhaps even business acumen. We also attempt to determine the intended use of the domain. This will be helpful in valuation as well as bad faith for a possible UDRP action. Once the initial step is complete, we will discuss our findings and ask for the client’s input. We will serve as your proxy in this process so that the true interested party remains unknown. We can also determine why the domain is important to the subject and appraise its value. Once this investigation is complete, we will discuss our findings strategy and ask for the client’s input. The IPCybercrime team will serve as your proxy in this process and the true interested party will remain unknown. This is important so the subject doesn’t get any funny ideas, such as hijacking it for a ridiculous figure.
Once your company’s creative team makes a name decision, you need to start conducting trademark use searches. This entails looking at other applications, registrations, common use, and other things in order to root out usage that could become problematic down the road. Once you have done that, IPCybercrime will assist our clients in determining use for the flagged items. We dig deep to uncover and verify past, present and future trademark use information. This includes the nature and scope of all use.
Online Brand Protection
IPCybercrime utilizes a number of patented technologies in order to gather data, analyze it, then take down infringements on all of the top trading sites including eBay®, iOffer®, Craigslist®, Alibaba®, YouTube®, and many others. We locate and facilitate the removal of unauthorized items including: counterfeit goods, copyrighted images, video, text, trademarks and keyword spam. In a landmark decision in July 2008, a U.S. District Court wrote that brand owners must be responsible for monitoring the infringement of its trademarks, not online retailers such as eBay®. However, in another landmark decision, another U.S. District Court held the first-ever marketplace liable for counterfeiting. The firm that was hired to prove the case was IPCybercrime.