Our specialists can advise you on all aspects of online IP strategy and the protection and recovery of domain names. We work proactively with ICANN, and three members of our team act as ICANN arbitrators, determining domain name disputes.

Our comprehensive domain name service includes worldwide registration, surveillance and recovery, as well as portfolio management and dispute resolution. We have extensive experience of domain name dispute resolution and reclaiming domain names from cybersquatters. Three of our specialists act as ICANN arbitrators, determining domain name disputes.

Domain Names

Our unique in-house evidence gathering services help us carry out effective domain registration surveillance and undercover purchases of domains. We also work closely with external internet monitoring companies and use our close contacts with internet service providers to achieve the swift removal of problem content.

We actively advise clients, and take action on their behalf, in relation to online trade mark infringement or the posting of offensive content on websites. 

If someone is infringing your domain name, such as using a name that incorporates you trade mark or trade name we can draft and file a complaint for you. The aim of this is to recover those names for you and either transfer or cancelling them.


The long awaited, much hyped and repeatedly delayed expansion of the Internet has arrived.

The first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) have now been delegated meaning the Sunrise Periods for these gTLDs may soon be opened to brand owners who have registered their trade marks in the Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH).

The new gTLDs will greatly expand the scope for online brand protection and enforcement, creating significant new opportunities as well as risks for brand owners. This will result in increased costs in monitoring, registering and enforcing brands in the expanded DNS.

Rouse, with its substantial domain name expertise, is ideally placed to assist brand owners manage costs and navigate the expanded domain name space. We work with Com Laude to help our clients register new gTLDs in the trade mark clearing house. Registrants benefits and responsibilities can be found on the ICANN website.