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Does trademark protection automatically give rights to the related domain name?

The process for registering domain names is an altogether separate one from trademark registration. Nevertheless, many countries have reached the conclusion that there is a strong need for taking precautionary measures to prevent conflicts between marks and domain names. The system for domain names registration generally operates on a first-come first-serve basis and anybody is entitled to obtain any domain name without proof of commercial use. However, in order to stop cybersquatting, there is a simple procedure, the WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service, on which you can obtain information at the web sites of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center at http://www.arbiter.wipo.int and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at http://www.icann.org.

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