Web of confusion between domain names and trademarks

Mark Bender’s guides us through the confusing array of rights attached to business names in Australia.Disputes between registered trademark owners and domain name registrants are likely to grow because of misunderstandings among business owners.Business owners are not always aware of the significance, consequences and differing entitlements and protections that are attached to the confusing array of names, registrations and rights.As with many legal matters in business, an ounce of prevention is better than subsequent attempts at a cure.Businesses, especially small to medium-sized, need to be better educated and more willing to recognise the need and value of obtaining advice from qualified and experienced practitioners when considering the use of names in both the “real world” and cyberspace.

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