Domain Name registration inquiry from Angela Zhang
Lawyers may receive inquiries from clients with new startup businesses who receive the following email. This is a long-standing scam, but a lack of knowledge of the law relating to domain names and intellectual property can cause a few nervous moments.
Further information on the scam and others like it can be found at http://www.firetrust.com/en/blog/chris/domain-name-scams.
The email below was received by a New Zealand organisation (“Organisation Name”) on 8 December 2011:
From: Angela [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 7 December 2011 5:47 p.m.
Subject: Notice of Intellectual Property-Trademark Name
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Anhui, China. On December,6th,2011, We received DATON Company's application that they are registering the name "Organisation Name" as their Internet Trademark and "Organisation Name.cn","organisation name.com.cn" ,"organisation name.asia"domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!
Anhui Office (Head Office)
Registration Department Manager
Room 1008 Shenhui Building
Haitian Road, Huli Anhui, China
Office: +86 0553 4994789
Fax: +86 0553 4994789