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New Company Wants to Help Unmask Private Whois Records

June 28, 2010Cybersquatting, domain trademark, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & LawComments Off on New Company Wants to Help Unmask Private Whois Records

A possible new entrant into the trademarked domain recovery industry.

NameDepot.com, Inc. has filed a trademark application for “RealRegistrant”, with services described as:

Application service provider, namely service, software, database, web interface, and technical support for users to obtain information about the owner or registrant of a domain name when the WHOIS information is obscured by a domain name WHOIS Privacy or Proxy service; domain name information and research databases via the Internet for consultation, legal counseling, trademark and domain screening and clearance, competitive and legal research and watch purposes; application service provider, namely providing software as a service which facilitates users to obtain information about the owner or registrant of a domain name when the WHOIS information is obscured by a domain name WHOIS Privacy or Proxy service and in protecting their brands, domains and trademarks

In other words, the company will help people figure out who is behind a proxy domain name. This can be done by filing complaints with the proxy or privacy service.

The NameDepot.com web site says it’s coming soon but doesn’t have any more information, other than a link to TMSecure.com. The page title for TMSecure.com is “Detect and Recover Trademark-Infringing Domain Names”. NameDepot.com was purchased from BuyDomains last year, and TMSecure.com was registered in December 2009.

I contacted the registrant of NameDepot.com via phone today and he wasn’t willing to share any information at this time. However, it looks like another competitor in the trademark domain tracking and recovery field.


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