A company in China is planning to use my company's trading name online... any advice?
December 20, 2012 2:24 AM Subscribe
A company in China is planning to use my company's name. What should I do?
posted by davemee to computers & internet (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been receiving emails over the last few months from a Chinese domain registry enquiring about a domain name I have registered. This domain is my company's name with .net/.org/.co.uk extensions. The registrar has indicated this domain is available in it's various .cn variations and .asia, and is planning to register it for their client, who plans to conduct business under this name.
I know nothing about the client, other than that they may be operating in some of the same sectors as my company.
The registrar has stated they recommended to their client that they use a different name, but they are not taking this onboard.
Is this a cause for concern? On the one hand, it's highly unlikely that my company is likely to be operating in Chinese markets. On the other, should I be concerned that they're planning to use the same (unique) name and could possibly be entering my domestic market (not knowing the size of the other party). I'm erring to the side that it's not a problem, but something niggling at the back of my head and says I should CMA, but anything beyond a gentleman's agreement to not misrepresent in respective territories starts looking expensive.
Should I be concerned? Has anyone else been in this position? Should I take any steps to cover myself (my company name isn't trademarked) or am I overblowing things?