Counterfeiting and cybersquatting: more than one million domain names seized

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that last year more than one million domain names of websites infringing intellectual property rights had been seized: approximately 33 600 in criminal proceedings and 1.21 million in civil proceedings (ice.gov, 26 Nov. 2018). ICE reports that industry partners involved in the operation were fully responsible for capturing 1.21 million domain names and taking down 2.2 million e-commerce links on platforms and social media.
ICE stresses that these proceedings have highlighted the existence of counterfeit goods whose dangerousness is proven, such as counterfeit airbags.
However, counterfeit sites that have been deleted may reappear in another form and at a new Internet address. If it is difficult to prevent the resurgence of counterfeit sites, it is possible and even advisable to adopt a surveillance strategy that eliminates intellectual property infringements as soon as they are detected. We have the tools to support you in this process.

About IP Twins
  • IP Twins is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar with 15 years of experience in domain name strategy and management. We represent trademark holders in UDRP proceedings.
  • IP Twins also offers anti-counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting monitoring services. Detective, our monitoring software, identifies online counterfeits and cybersquatting. We collect evidence and remove references to counterfeits from hundreds of marketplaces, social networks and the web in general.
  • Should you need to complete these investigations, our team based in China can help.
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