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Thursday
Jul112002

Claim Abandoned Internet Domain Names!

OK . . . this is not technically a legal topic, but it has been an area of concern for a number of our clients.

Have you been frustrated because you have not been able to find a domain name you like for your business, a particular product line or a service you are offering? In the early days of the Internet, people snatched up every domain name they could think of. As Internet expectations have come back down to earth and people realize that Internet ventures should actually turn a profit sometime, many of the names registered by the early Internet pioneers are now available.

Go to WhoIs and click on the link that says "Deleted Domains." Then, search for keywords that interest you. You will get a list of domain names that were once owned by someone, but were not renewed.

If you find names you like, you can register them for a little as $12.95 per year at HomePageDomains.

Before using a name, do a search on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's web site and conduct an Internet search using a search engine such as Google to see if the name is in use in any way by anyone else.

Let us know if we can help you confirm the legal availability of a name for your use or to protect a name you are currently using or would like to use in the future.

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Reader Comments (1)

I am interested in a domain that was created for an event in 2007. I contacted the organization who hosted it, they were more than willing to cooperate with us. but the domain is registered to someone who no is no longer there and they claim they do not have the contact info for the person, as it was over 6 years ago.
the site was abviously abandoned...how can I go about claiming the domain?
May 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdaisy

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