- ISBN: 978-92-9469-356-3, DOI: 10.2826/715417, Catalogue number: EA-08-22-176-EN-N
- Publication date
- 1 November 2017 (Last updated on: 1 September 2022)
- European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency
- Publication type
The Internet has created plenty of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it has revolutionised the dynamics of international commerce and is an excellent means to boost brand visibility. However, it also provides an ideal platform for infringers to sell counterfeit products and commit fraud. One of the most significant challenges related to internet fraud is cybersquatting. This fact sheet aims to present the issue of domain name ownership and registration and their relationship to trade marks. Plus, it explains the problem of cybersquatting and the available dispute resolution mechanisms that SMEs may use to protect their businesses online.