What is Typosquatting?

What is Typosquatting?

Studies done in 2008 indicated that thousands of typosquatting websites exist on the Internet.

Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting. A business registers a domain name that resembles a well-known brand, but with one spelling mistake. When a user makes a spelling mistake or a typo error he will then land on the typosquatting website.

Unknowingly in many cases the site can be a paid ad or the user can pay money into the account of the typosquatting site for a service, believing he is paying money into the real trademark holder site’s account.

There are numerous court cases every year about this type of trademark infringement.

Check the web regularly for possible infringements of your trademark and if you suspect typosquatting get in contact with the attorneys of Smit & Van Wyk for advice and assistance in taking action.

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