Domain name issue

I’m working with a client at the minute who has a domain name. Whilst researching them I discovered that another company has taken the .com version of this domain name and re-directed it to their own website.

This other company sell a similar range of products and it seems to me they have done this to hi-jack customers from my client if they accidentally type in .com as opposed to

This is the first time I have come across this and I have no idea if my client has any legal right to stop this from happening or not. The domain name is my client’s company name if that makes a difference. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Yes, possibly they could do something about it. However, from your point of view, I’d personally suggest you stay WELL out of it and simply tell them to discuss the matter with a solicitor who specialises in intellectual property law.

When a client starts asking for legal advice (or basically other unrelated tasks, like fixing their computer or advising on business plans etc), remind them what it is you are actually being paid for - i.e. developing web sites :slight_smile:

Thanks for the response. I shall be careful not to get involved!

If the domain name is trademarked, you can file a dispute, as per ICANN policy.