Corsearch Domain Vigilance Uncovers Hidden Risks Across Global Domains for Trademark and Intellectual Property Legal Professionals
Wolters Kluwer’s Corsearch, a market leader in global trademark and brand protection solutions, announces today the launch of its domain investigation tool that identifies and audits domain ownership globally. The Domain Vigilance self-service solution gives users the ability to conduct a quick WHOIS ownership lookup for a single domain and then, using the ownership record, uncover alternate domains owned by the same individual.
With over 326 million registered domain names as of March 2016, according to Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief, Domain Vigilance responds to a growing market demand for increasingly robust and detailed monitoring and risk management with diverse applications, including:
- Screening for existing domains that conflict with new trademark procurement;
- Auditing and monitoring corporate domain portfolios or partner domains for brand and regulatory compliance;
- Identifying and reviewing domains related to mergers and acquisitions; and
- Discovering unknown trademark and copyright infringement.
“Trademark professionals are increasingly expanding the scope of their online clearance efforts so developing a comprehensive online domain investigation tool fits with our strategy to cultivate our digital brand solutions suite and address customers' growing challenges,” said Tobias Hartmann, General Manager of Corsearch. “We are indeed on the right track to providing a ground-breaking solution to assist trademark professionals in both managing and mitigating risks to their online trademark clearance and subsequent brand protection efforts.”
Using proprietary and patented technology, the Corsearch Domain Vigilance system can identify domains that are an identical or confusingly similar match to a prospective trademark, domain name, or brand name for any Top Level Domain (TLD) globally and then present real-time domain ownership details and a current website screenshot. Additionally, the tool can quickly audit corporate domain portfolios to verify the WHOIS record reflects accurate ownership information and that domains resolve correctly.
In recent years ICANN has approved 1167 new domain extensions, such as .xyz, .law, and .online, opening the floodgates of a digital land rush. “Since the launch of ICANN’s new gTLD program in 2013, the size of brands’ domain portfolios has exploded and so has their exposure to Cybersquatting,” added Hartmann. “The domain investigation tool is a complete solution to both managing global domain portfolios and ferretting out domain squatters. We’ve already helped several customers enhance their trademark clearance processes and M&A due diligence efforts. The launch of Domain Vigilance will transform how domains are investigated, monitored, and managed.”
Corsearch provides the world’s leading clearance and protection services and tools to trademark and brand professionals across the globe. Corsearch’s international reach allows customers to clear trademarks in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its customer-designed user interface empowers customers to clear their trademarks, brands, and domain names and protect their value throughout their lifetime, using best-in-class research content on its streamlined and easy-to-use platform.
Ranked #1 in overall quality by “World Trademark Review’s” latest survey of trademark professionals worldwide, Corsearch services trademark solutions, global clearance projects with local advice, and sophisticated digital brand solutions.
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Wolters Kluwer Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) provides legal, finance, risk and compliance professionals and small business owners with a broad spectrum of solutions, services and expertise needed to help manage myriad governance, risk and compliance needs in dynamic markets and regulatory environments. Its prominent brands include: AuthenticWeb™, Bankers Systems®, BizFilings®, Capital Changes, CASH Suite™, CT Corporation, CT Lien Solutions, ComplianceOne®, Corsearch, Expere®, GainsKeeper®, LegalVIEW®, OneSumX®, Passport®, TyMetrix® 360, Uniform Forms™, VMP® Mortgage Solutions and Wiz®.
Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. Wolters Kluwer reported 2015 annual revenues of €4.2 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.
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