Western IP is a law firm managed by Utah Lawyer Steven Rinehart, focusing on patent law, PCT, trademarks, Internet law (UDRP), litigation, and domain name disputes.

Domain Name Dispute Attorney - Cybersquatting Lawyer - UDRP

We may be able to help you seize a domain name in which you have rights by filing an ICANN UDRP arbitration action. Call us now at: (801) 347-5173, or email: steve@uspatentlaw.us

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Steven Rinehart, Domain Name Dispute Attorney

Steven L. Rinehart focuses much of his practice on Internet domain name disputes. No matter where in the U.S. or world you are located, Steve can help you file a UDRP complaint to seize an Internet domain which rightfully should belong to you, or defend you in an action wrongfully initiated by another. He has been featured in ECT News andAssociated Press, and is one of the few litigators to offer contingency representation to all new UDRP clients.  Please call him at: (801) 347-5173 for a free consultation, or email him.  For a list of represented clients click here.

* In 2007, 78.8% of the 6,548 UDRP Arbitration complaints filed resulted in the complainant (the filer), gaining control of the domain name in dispute.  Figures are similar in 2012.
* In addition to our fees shown above, ICANN charges a $1,300 filing fee to initiate an arbitration proceeding (single member panel).
* In more egregious situations, we may also be able to file a federal lawsuit seeking damages for cyber-piracy, cybersquatting, trademark infringement, and unfair business practices.
Steve's recent wins include fbomb.comboss.combullex.comfpscheats.comukhouseclearances.com, and graduateschool.com and graduateschools.combitzip.com, bitzip.org and bitzip.netspudos.compass-guarantee.comroyalnissan.commia.comlawspeak.com,frankrisalvato.comdigitalaccesspass.comresume prohouseofflags.comtrijiconrilescopes.comtrijiconstore.comelitefts.com,petpeoplesplace.comclimacab.comfpsrussiapurepostcards.comjonahhunt.com,  phaseeight.comteraflex.comezq.comwiiu.com;allisonsworkwear.comtheedenclubfraud.com;  acecapital.com; and tinyprint.com (finding reverse domain name hijacking against CitizenHawk); greenhornetlighting.com;  excellencechocolate.com;  kendrickmoxon.com;  greatwallchinamarathon.combroadbandvoice.comroadcam.com;  realegroup.comautonav.comcandocanines.com (finding reverse domain name hijacking); solidx.comkandypearls.comcizeta-automobili.comluxus.comohiopowertoolrepair.comhomesmart.comsalterspiralstairs.commicrosretail.comamericansleepassociation.comlloydirvinrapetruth.com;  drgrowitall.comchooze.comgooddesignaward.comgryphonrue.comrailroadearth.comhsbank.comedinburghmilitarytattoo.commaaji.com;
ezq.com (won federal ex parte TRO forcing VeriSign to strip this three-letter domain from its Chinese registrant and deliver to California corp);ksoftware.com (won federal court transfer order in Virginia stripping this domain from its Caribbean registrant for Kentucky corp);truckmaster.com (won domain in settlement during ACPA federal case after removing from state court and after UDRP loss); bullex.com(won federal transfer order stripping this domain from its Korean registrant for New York corp); websitelawyer.com (a rare case invovling state jurisdiction in which a state court ordered VeriSign to seize and change domain registration from the Cayman Islands);
ICANN UDRP Arbitration Complaint/Answer(QCP, CEDRP):$3,200
Contingency Fee Option (payable upon success):
Just like a patent, a domain name is a piece of intellectual property. If someone has registered, and is using, a domain name that is confusingly similar to your own in an abusive manner, USPatentLaw may be able to help you gain ownership of that domain though a quick and simple arbitration process. Examples of abusive behavior by others which may entitle you to gain control of their domain, include: (1) registering a domain name that is a misspelling of your domain, (2) registering a domain name that is similar enough to your domain that users looking for you are arriving at their domain by mistake, (3) designing or operating a website that mimics your website in some way that confuses users, or causes them to believe you condone or are associated with the infringing domain, and (4) embarassing you or your users by putting objectionable material on a domain name similar to yours (such as pornography). Individuals and organizations which engage in these behaviors are called cybersquatters or cyberpirates. Cyberpirates often engage in the above listed behaviors in an attempt to extort exorbitant purchaes prices for the infringing domain name out of legitmate website owners. The quasi-private authority which controls ownership of all domain names is called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN provides a simple procedure for resolving disputes related to abusive behavior, and we can represent you in availing yourself of that procedure by initiating an arbritration proceeding. We do this by filing what is called a UDRP Complaint (or QCP or CEDRP Complaint).
We often represent clients in UDRP actions on contigency, meaning we will represent you free or charge unless, or until, you win. If we decide your case has merit -- and the cases of most people who contact us do have merit -- we will offer you the option of paying Western IP a flat fee of $3,500 to represent you in a UDRP action, or of paying us nothing up front and $4,500 if you win. We may require that the $6,500 be escrowed in some cases.

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Generally, the complainant (the party complaining about another's use of of an abusive website) files what is called a UDRP Complaint. The filing fee to file this complaint is currently $1,300 for a single-member panel and $2,600 for a three-member panel. The fees may increase if more than one domain name is in dispute. The respondent (the party controlling the allegedly abusive website) has twenty (20) days to answer the complaint. Often the respondent will not answer, in which case the complainant often wins by default. If the respondent does answer, the complainant has five (5) days to submit any additional relevant materials, and the respondent then has five (5) days to make a final submission. In three-member panels, the complainant and respondent engage is a process of selecting and disqualifying panelists such that both have some say in who is, and is not, on the panel. A final decision by the panel is rendered within fourteen (14) days of the final submission, if any, by the respondent. The decisions of the arbitration forum's panel can be taken up with a federal district court within ten (10) days of the arbitration forum's final decision, but are usually left to stand by the litigants (are usually not appealed by either party).
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