Starting in 2012, the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began to revolutionize the internet with the release of a vast number of new top-level domain spaces. While most attorneys, and indeed the general public, are familiar with many of the commonly-used TLD spaces (e.g., .com, .net, .edu,), with the launch of well over one thousand new spaces (available in the near future), simply registering your client’s business name in one or two extensions may not prove sufficient to reach their target audiences. And, perhaps more importantly, failing to understand the nuances of domain name law sufficiently well to protect their brands from cybersquatters or online counterfeiting shops may land you in a difficult position in years to come. –

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