Skip to main content

Internet Attorney: Cybersquatting Draws Microsoft’s Wrath

By March 14, 2007June 28th, 2010Internet Lawyer

After suing hundreds of cybersquatting domain name owners last year for infringing on its trademarked terms, Microsoft (MSFT) has announced that it will launch a new round of lawsuits against cybersquatters. Many of these defendants won’t be able to afford an Internet attorney.

Just because a domain name is available to be registered, doesn’t necessarily give you the legal right to use it. Grabbing a domain that includes some company’s name and sitting on it hoping for a big pay day can be considered cybersquatting.

If the name contains a trademarked term, you run the risk of having the trademark owner filing suit. Be sure to consult with your Internet attorney to reduce your risk of getting sued.

Hat tip to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for its take on the Microsoft cybersquatting lawsuits.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

More posts by Mike Young, Esq.