BlackRock trademark lawsuit accuses over 30 domains of ‘typosquatting’
What do you want to know
- The sites are “confusingly similar” to the BlackRock brand.
- Some domains infect consumers’ computers with viruses, bloatware, or other unwanted software, and collect and misuse consumers’ personal information.
BlackRock has filed a patent infringement suit against more than 30 domain names for cybersquatting under the federal Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection and Trademark Infringement Act.
BlackRock states that its “invaluable rights in the BLACKROCK Distinctive Mark have been willfully infringed by the bad faith registration, use and/or trafficking of Defendant’s domain names”, which are “confusingly similar to the BlackRock brand.
According the trialfiled in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday, recent studies have shown that more than 95% of the internet’s 500 most popular sites are subject to typosquatting.
Typosquatting involves “the registration or use of a domain name that represents a typographical error of the legitimate site – and which is typically used to display advertisements related to the legitimate site, to distribute computer viruses or” malware “, to collect visitors’ personal information for improper or unlawful uses, or to send “professional impersonation” emails.
Typosquatting, according to the lawsuit, “harms consumers by causing confusion with legitimate sites consumers search for and very often results in consumers’ computers being infected with computer viruses, ‘bloatware’ or other unwanted software, consumers’ personal information being collected and misused. , and/or consumers are presented with a relentless stream of unwanted advertisements. »