Coast Law Group, LLP and Renovation Realty, Inc. Prevail in Domain Name Cybersquatting Case
10/7/2013 – San Diego, CA
For Immediate Release
San Diego-based Renovation Realty, Inc. successfully obtained an injunction against a cybersquatter, resulting in a judge-ordered transfer of the www.renovationrealty.com domain name. The District Court, Southern District of California, ruled that the domain infringed on the federally-registered Renovation Realty® trademarks. Judge Michael M. Anello ordered the defendant, through its registrar, to immediately relinquish and transfer the domain name to Renovation Realty, Inc.
Sean Flaherty of Coast Law Group, LLP represented Renovation Realty, Inc. throughout the federal court proceedings. “Given the need for a strong web presence in today’s market, a trademark holder has few choices but to enforce its rights when third parties obtain or use confusingly-similar domain names,” said Flaherty. “Consistency in branding enables customers to identify and distinguish among various service providers, and therefore a trademark holder’s inability to control its trademark on the internet can have dire consequences.”
For Renovation Realty, securing the www.renovationrealty.com domain strengthens the company’s brand recognition as the region’s premiere residential renovation contractor and real estate brokerage. Cannon Christian, President of Renovation Realty, emphasized that “the acquisition of the top-level domain name provides added value to the franchise opportunity we have begun offering to prospective entrepreneurs.”
Renovation Realty, Inc. adds value to customers’ homes by using its capital to renovate the property before placing it on the market for sale, with zero out-of-pocket costs to a homeowner. In 2013 alone, Renovation Realty has invested $2.7 million in renovating 51 properties in 33 different ZIP codes in San Diego County and recorded $21.1 million in sales. Renovation Realty actively facilitates the renovation and sale of homes valued at $200,000 to more than $1 million, and offer their services to properties located from rural areas to the beach, and everywhere in between. Homeowners have seen up to a 25 percent increase in the value of their properties, and take on no out-of-pocket costs for the renovation.
Coast Law Group represents many of the most influential companies and handles some of the most high-profile matters in Southern California. The attorneys in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation practice groups have over 75 years of combined experience in pursuing and defending clients’ IP rights, with industry experience ranging from fashion and entertainment to e-commerce and real estate.
Renovation Realty, Inc.
Cannon Christian, President
777 Alvarado Road Suite 604
La Mesa, California 91942.
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