September 29, 2023


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China Area Title Scams – Harris Bricken Sliwoski LLP

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If your organization has finished something in China (even simply sending somebody there to fulfill with a provider), you have got in all probability obtained a considerably official-looking e-mail providing to “assist” you cease somebody from taking your area registry in China or possibly someplace else 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. Stop somebody in China from registering your area identify.
  2. Register your area identify in China, “simply in time” to forestall somebody from beating you to it.
  3. Ensure that your area identify registration in China doesn’t expire.

In different phrases, you must anticipate to obtain emails from folks providing to guard you from “others” searching for to register a Chinese language translation or variant of your identify or product or somebody searching for to promote you an already registered translation or variant.

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

Close to as we will inform, each single one in all these that now we have seen (and now we have seen at the very least 100 of those, as a result of shoppers and readers are at all times sending them to us to evaluation) is a rip-off. Quantity 3 above might not be a rip-off you probably have a Chinese language area identify, 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 hundreds of those emails on daily basis, and it’s seemingly no such try to safe your area identify has been made.

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

E mail Examples

Certainly one of our legal professionals received 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 providers firm, and final week, we obtained an utility from a Chinese language firm that has requested “Instance USA Firm” as their web identify and China (.CN) area identify. However after checking into it, we realized that this identify conflicts together with your firm identify or trademark. To cope with this matter higher, it’s essential to ship an e-mail to you and ensure whether or not this firm is your distributor or enterprise associate in China and to verify that you just licensed this area registration Please reply soonest.

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

That is concerning the registration of your organization identify “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. Not too long ago, we obtained a registration request from “ABC Know-how Ltd” making use of to register Instance model and domains(.cn, .hk, and so on.), which have the identical predominant physique as your organization’s identify. We’re sending this letter to verify 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 might get emails from somebody claiming to have already registered some iteration of your organization identify (or one in all your product names) and searching for to promote it to you. For instance, if your organization is known as “XYZ” and also you already personal the area identify, your e-mail might come from somebody who has allegedly bought and now desires to promote you the area.


The very first thing you must do while you obtain an e-mail providing to guard you from “others” who’re searching for to register a Chinese language translation or variant of your identify or product or somebody searching for to promote you an already registered translation or variant is to ask your self whether or not you even care. And in case you do, you must subsequent decide whether or not you have got a China trademark that will cease it.

Second, you must as quickly as potential register no matter domains you have 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 dedication with an e-mail “gun” to your head. Now can also be the very best time so that you can determine 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 logos.

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

  1. Let the area identify go.
  2. Purchase it from the corporate that “took” it from you.
  3. Pursue authorized motion towards the corporate that took it from you.

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

If you don’t want somebody taking your organization identify or one in all your product names (or some variant of those) and utilizing them for a site identify, register these as domains proper now. You also needs to take into account registering them as logos in your house nation and wherever else (together with China, after all) you do enterprise. Notice that for trademark functions, in most international locations in Asia, “doing enterprise” consists of manufacturing.

Trademark Rip-off Emails Are Additionally on the Rise

Not too long ago, my agency’s worldwide mental property attorneys are additionally getting related emails from shoppers about their logos. 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 effectively, 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 belongings.

Oh, and watch out on the market.

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