September 21, 2023


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China Area Title Scams – Harris Bricken Sliwoski LLP

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If your organization has accomplished something in China (even simply sending somebody there to fulfill with a provider), you’ve gotten most likely obtained a considerably official-looking e mail providing to “assist” you cease somebody from taking your area registry in China or perhaps elsewhere on the planet.

Nearly everybody doing enterprise in China or doing enterprise with China will get or will get a number of of the next emails from somebody who will purport to do the next for you:

  1. Forestall somebody in China from registering your area title.
  2. Register your area title in China, “simply in time” to forestall somebody from beating you to it.
  3. Be sure that your area title registration in China doesn’t expire.

In different phrases, it’s best to count on to obtain emails from folks providing to guard you from “others” looking for to register a Chinese language translation or variant of your title or product or somebody looking for to promote you an already registered translation or variant.

Once in a while, there appears to be an uptick in what our China attorneys prefer to name the Chinese language area title rip-off, and now’s a kind of occasions. Our attorneys have these days been getting a slew of emails from firms asking what they need to do about an e mail they only obtained (normally in badly written English) telling them they have to register their area title in China instantly or lose it eternally.

Close to as we will inform, each single one among these that now we have seen (and now we have seen not less than 100 of those, as a result of shoppers and readers are all the time sending them to us to evaluate) is a rip-off. Quantity 3 above could not be a rip-off you probably have a Chinese language area title, but when you don’t, it’s.


Inform your mental property lawyer as quickly as potential, however do not reply to the e-mail sender. Scammers ship 1000’s of those emails daily, and it’s probably no such try to safe your area title has been made.

But when they hear again from you, that’s an incentive for them intrude together with your area title as a result of they know you exist and that your area title is essential to you. They are going to then get you to pay them for his or her “assist” in undoing what they themselves did.

E-mail Examples

Certainly one of our attorneys bought the next e mail which went to her spam folder, indicating that Outlook acknowledged it for what it contained, a normal China registry rip-off e mail:

We’re China’s web area companies firm, and final week, we obtained an utility from a Chinese language firm that has requested “Instance USA Firm” as their web title and China (.CN) area title. However after checking into it, we discovered that this title conflicts together with your firm title or trademark. To cope with this matter higher, it’s essential to ship an e mail to you and make sure whether or not this firm is your distributor or enterprise associate in China and to substantiate that you just approved this area registration Please reply soonest.

One other lawyer who sought our recommendation on behalf of one among her shoppers obtained this:

That is concerning the registration of your organization title “Instance USA Firm.” Please ahead it to your organization’s chief. Thanks!

And right here is one other one:

I’m grateful for you checking this letter out. We’re a Chinese language area registrar. Just lately, we obtained a registration request from “ABC Know-how Ltd” making use of to register Instance model and domains(.cn, .hk, and so forth.), which have the identical major physique as your organization’s title. We’re sending this letter to substantiate together with your firm whether or not you authorize them to register these names. Please give me your ideas ASAP to allow us to keep on, Thanks.

You additionally could get emails from somebody claiming to have already registered some iteration of your organization title (or one among your product names) and looking for to promote it to you. For instance, if your organization is named “XYZ” and also you already personal the area title, your e mail could come from somebody who has allegedly bought and now desires to promote you the area.


The very first thing it’s best to do once you obtain an e mail providing to guard you from “others” who’re looking for to register a Chinese language translation or variant of your title or product or somebody looking for to promote you an already registered translation or variant is to ask your self whether or not you even care. And for those who do, it’s best to subsequent decide whether or not you’ve gotten a China trademark that might cease it.

Second, it’s best to as quickly as potential register no matter domains you want to shield your organization or model. Decide now what domains are essential to what you are promoting so you do not want to make this willpower with an e mail “gun” to your head. Now can also be the most effective time so that you can work out what model names and logos matter to what you are promoting in China (if any) and to guard these model names and logos by registerting them as Chinese language emblems.

Third, if somebody has taken a site title essential to you and they’re now providing to promote it to you, you basically have three decisions:

  1. Let the area title go.
  2. Purchase it from the corporate that “took” it from you.
  3. Pursue authorized motion in opposition to the corporate that took it from you.

Preempting all of those e mail issues by securing your area title in China and by registering your model names, slogans and logos as emblems in China is your finest and least costly safety.

If you do not need somebody taking your organization title or one among your product names (or some variant of those) and utilizing them for a site title, register these as domains proper now. You also needs to take into account registering them as emblems in your house nation and wherever else (together with China, in fact) you do enterprise. Observe that for trademark functions, in most nations in Asia, “doing enterprise” consists of manufacturing.

Trademark Rip-off Emails Are Additionally on the Rise

Just lately, my agency’s worldwide mental property attorneys are additionally getting related emails from shoppers about their emblems. They echo the identical tones and demand somebody has simply utilized for the American/European enterprise’s trademark in China. Usually, these are normally scams as nicely, and nobody has submitted any such motion. Nonetheless, there are proactive steps you may and will take with your individual IP lawyer to safeguard your model property.

Oh, and watch out on the market.

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