As a Website Developer, I acquire a truthful quantity of unsolicited email. My spam folder doesn’t catch all of it, as some of it is not despatched by a “bot”, but
rather by an genuine human spammer.
Recently though, I received an email that I wasn’t certain about. A person proclaiming to be a Chinese internet registrar for Domain identify despatched me the subsequent email:
We are the division of registration company in China. we have a little something need to ensure with you. We formally received an software on June nineteenth 2009, One particular corporation which self-styled “Serious Firm Holding Inc.” are applying to sign-up “my domain” as internet trademark and Asian domain names as down below :
After our original evaluation, we found that the internet brand utilized for registration are as exact same as your firm’s identify and trademark.These times we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your corporation. If your corporation and this”Serious Title Holding Inc.”as the exact same corporation,there is no need reply to us.
In addition, we hereby affirm that our time restrict for dissent software is seven times. If your corporation documents no dissent in just the time restrict, we will unconditionally approve the software submitted by “Serious Title Holding Inc”.
Many thanks for your cooperation.
Head of Sales
I go through over the detail, and it appeared true sufficient, until I did some analysis on the corporations in dilemma. They surface to be true for 3 motives:
1. The corporation that they say is hoping to acquire your domain names in Asia is often a massive, genuine corporation working in Asia.
2. The use of urgent sounding language, which includes the legal sounding terminology of “Internet Trademark”.
3. They say that you can file a sort to protect your rights. If you don’t want to do just about anything, you don’t have to. It can make it seem to be like they don’t treatment regardless of whether or not you reply. (*notice: I have received two of these communications so considerably. One particular person claimed five times, the other claimed seven.)
Ahead of I go additional, allow me say for the report, that this is a large rip-off.
How do I know? Properly, 1st I took a seem at enforceable trademark legislation. The fact about trademark legislation is that it is not enforceable internationally, at least with any consistency.
Sure,if you are McDonalds, you likely could likely have the legal workers to make certain your trademark are unable to be infringed in China, and to get your domain names again if somebody steals them from you on the net.
On the other hand, there are two places wherever trademark infringement can be reliably prosecuted: The United states, and the European Union. Any where exterior of that, you are going to be functioning up from significantly vague intellectual assets legal guidelines. You can often lodge a protest with ARIN, who regulates domain names, but results will be blended.
Secondly, there is no these kinds of detail as an internet trademark. In point, if you would like to use a domain identify for a trademark (e.g. http://BankRate.com), there are some very distinct policies that use. Numerous of the domain names that people would would like to trademark (e.g. http://Pizza.com>, http://Carseats.com) are to generic to even qualify underneath US legislation.
Thirdly, and this is the most vital, I requested a copy of the “dispute sort”. It contained drastically inflated costs for domain registration ($fifty for every calendar year, for every domain), and a $a hundred internet trademark registration rate, for every calendar year.
Though some registrars do demand a lot more for worldwide registrations, the most I have ever been billed, even for an obscure state is $35 a calendar year, and that was a lot more than I need to have payed, as other internet sites are cheaper.
Then, they offered to perform a “legal company”, for a merchandise that doesn’t even exist. Trademarks are in effect for a fantastic offer of time, and they certain don’t need $a hundred a calendar year of maintenance and routine maintenance.
So, how do I know for certain that this is a rip-off? After they despatched me two e-mail in a row, badgering me to answer, and telling me that the clock was ticking, I last but not least did. It just wasn’t the response that they ended up anticipating.
I instructed them I understood that this was a rip-off, and that it was a disgrace that they weren’t situated in the US, wherever they could be prosecuted for fraud. I also mentioned that I was going to expose their minimal scheme to the entire world, which is what I am doing below.
I received no additional conversation from the Head of Sales for that corporation.
Just keep in mind this 1 rule when you are hoping to identify regardless of whether a little something is a rip-off or not: If you’ve never ever read of a little something prior to, and it appears urgent, inquire them to place you to a legal statute that confirms what they are indicating. The genuine ones will be affected person, and in a position to again factors up with chilly, tricky info.
Also, the Sales Office is not going to get in touch with you with factors that are of any legal import.
One particular a lot more idea: The dread of the Lord is the starting of knowledge. No 1 who puts their hope in Him will ever be ashamed.