Domain Tools files preemptive lawsuit over copyright claims and its trademark
Friday, April 6th, 2012
Domain Tools files lawsuit for declaratory relief on copyright and trademark issues.
Domain Tools, LLC has filed suit (pdf) against a New Jersey man after he threatened to file a lawsuit against it and try to get its trademark for “Domain Tools” overturned.
The suit was filed against Russ Smith, owner of Consumer.net and Network-Tools.com, in U.S. District Court in Washington late last month.
According to the suit, Smith had sent a draft lawsuit to DomainTools that claimed copyright infringement for the historical thumbnails DomainTools captures of web sites. Smith also complained to Domain Tools about the company’s archival of whois database information. Additionally, he sent DomainTools a draft “Petition to Cancel” the DomainTools trademark that was recently granted.
Domain Tools’ suit seeks declaratory judgement that:
1. It isn’t violating copyright
2. Its registration of DomainTools.com doesn’t violate the anti-cybersquatting protection act
3. Its acquisition and use of public whois data is not unlawful
4. Smith lacks any standing to petition for cancellation of the Domain Tools trademark
5. The Domain Tools trademark is not invalid
Additionally, Domain Tools is asking the court of attorney’s fees.
Domain Tools, LLC is represented by attorney Derek Newman.