I received a complaint regarding my trademark domain name. (1 Viewing)

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Is this a lawyer's letter? It doesn't seem like it. It feels more like a warning for me to transfer the domain to them for free.

I'm planning to renew it for 5 years and use it for my personal blog, ignoring their request.

Can any experienced individuals share their experiences?


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I'm not a lawyer, but you should definitely take this seriously.

They even called you out for listing it on Dan.com for $1,900 (where it still is right now), so it's difficult to now claim that you always intended to use it as a personal blog.

I couldn't find a dictionary definition of "haleon":

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/haleon

so they appear to have a very strong set of facts against you, in my opinion.
 
Looks legit indeed. For the least amount of trouble, take your loss and transfer it.

Do they have any documents to back up the trademark? Surely that must be written somewhere.
 
This is one of those names that is definitely not worth fighting over. It’s a standard cease and desist letter. I would move on from this registration right away.
 
I owned a domain for a brand new anti biotic, no interest and in the end I would probably have to fight to keep it.

Definitely not worth the bother.
 
Agree with the rest of the gang here. Best to hand the domain over while getting confirmation that no further steps will be taken. It's usually best to avoid a UDRP in cases like this and I fail to see the upside to keeping the name.
 
I thought it might be a dictionary word, but if it's not then probably best to let it go and not worth the time to keep it unless you had a really compelling use case that isn't covered by the trademarked uses of the Haleon company. The name actually sounds like something from Greek or Roman mythology, or a villain character in a video game.
 
Personally I'd just sit and not respond to anything, use a generic lander with a buy now of $5000. It'll be easier for them to buy it than to proceed with legal.
 
Another factor to consider is where you are or if you're planning to visit the US. There anti-cybersquatting laws there with high penalties. I doubt it would come to this for a single domain, but people have been served with lawsuits at domain conferences before.
 
Personally I'd just sit and not respond to anything, use a generic lander with a buy now of $5000. It'll be easier for them to buy it than to proceed with legal.
While this advice might work (most likely not), if you do get a dispute filed against you, you will lose. And then forever be branded as a trademark cybersquatter putting more legitimate domain names at risk. Is that worth the risk to you for this one?

And FYI, the whole "its for my blog" facade isn't going to sway anybody. At least put a little more creativity into it. I'm guessing you told your teachers that your dog at your homework too?

I have to hand it to the Haleon branding people, they came up with a pretty good brand name that doesn't seem to be a word in any language, but looks like it could be one.
 
Personally I'd just sit and not respond to anything, use a generic lander with a buy now of $5000. It'll be easier for them to buy it than to proceed with legal.
This is a company with a near $40B market cap.

I doubt they care about saving a few thousand dollars in legal fees. They likely already have many lawyers on staff or contracted to handle IP issues.

Brad
 
I would recommend handing over the domain.

If you have a copy of the registration/auction receipt showing how much you paid for the domain, you could ask them to reimburse you for those actual hard costs (but not your time) since the lawyers are unlikely to be upset about reimbursing you a legit hard cost (reg/auction fee). I am surprised they didn't offer to do that, reimbursement for registration fee is pretty standard for claims like this. What they won't cover is anything other than reg fee.

Good luck.
 
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