Wolters Kluwer’s Corsearch, the global trademark and brand protection solutions firm, has launched 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 more than 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.
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.
“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.”
In recent years ICANN has approved 1167 new domain extensions, such as .xyz, .law, .finance 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 clearance and protection services and tools to trademark and brand professionals across the globe.