When “Domain Name Disputes” Are Just Bogus Solicitations

05/09/2011

If you are a brand owner and you have never received an alarming, if somewhat confusing, notification of a domain name dispute from a Chinese company you have never heard of, just wait. Chances are, it will happen eventually. For the uninitiated, the subject line of such an email might read: “Domain name dispute: YOURMARK,” and the email itself might look something like this:

We have an important issue to confirm with you. On April 8, 2011, we formally received an application, from a company called "ABC INVESTMENT INC," to register “YOURMARK” as an Internet brand and Chinese domain names with suffixes such as: 

YOURMARK.cn / .com.cn / .net.cn / .hk / .com.hk / .tw / .com.tw / .asia / .in

During our preliminary investigation, we found the brand name and these domain names being applied for are the same as your company’s, so we need to confirm with your company. If the aforesaid company is your business partner or your subsidiary company, please DO NOT reply to us, we will approve the application automatically. If you have no relationship with this company, please contact us within 10 working days. If we do not hear from you by the deadline, we will approve the application submitted by "ABC INVESTMENT INC" unconditionally.

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