Practice Areas

Domain names

With regard to the jurisdictional protection, the Firm gives assistance during the phase of arrangement and management of precautionary complaints against a suspect illegal registration of domain names (the so – called domain grabbing or cybersquatting), including the management of profiles related to unfair competition and violation of regulations concerning industrial property.

With regard to the administrative assistance on domain names within the “.it” country code, Massimo Simbula is one of experts of the Provider of the Service of Dispute Resolution (“PSRD”) accredited by the competent Registry (link at www.registro.it), at Studio Legale Tonucci, to manage the process of alternative dispute resolution in connection with the so-called “Procedure of Re-assignation of Domain Names”.

The Firm represents and assists Clients internationally within arbitrations and mediation procedures set up by the World Intellectual Property Organization (link at: www.wipo.org) applied by persons who claim their rights on domain names, especially the generic top level domain (gtld) (.com, .org, .net, .edu, .int, .biz, .info, .name, .coop, .aero, .museum, .pro, .mil, ly, me, fm, etc.).

In addition, the Firm also assists Clients abroad during the administrative phase by representation within the administrative procedures aimed at the recovery and re-assignation of domain names on the foreign geographic suffixes before the national foreign authorities having jurisdiction on registration.

Services offered by the Department also include:

– assistance to Clients in the correct planning of strategies for the protection of IP asset represented by the choice of domain names;
– contractual assistance in connection with acts having as object domain names within the cc.tld “.it”, according to the technical rules set up by the competent Registry (transfers of domain names by agreement of the parties, mortis causa successions as a particular or universal right, company or branch of company transfers, transformations, incorporations or mergers);
– services of registration by the competent national and foreign authorities responsible for the registration procedure;
constant services of monitoring, aimed at protection, of Clients’ domain portfolio.