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Welcome to the website of the Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, a University of San Francisco School of Law clinical program that provides legal assistance to parties in intellectual property matters. For more information, see the "About Us" page.

Our website includes commentary from our students on cutting-edge internet law and intellectual property topics. Those posts are listed below, and more are archived under "Pages" on the right. Enjoy!

The Name Game (Plus Typos)

THE practice of “cybersquatting” has evolved from the days when people bought a trademarked Internet domain name and hoped to squeeze the trademark owner for some cash. The law is pretty clear on that: you can’t do it.

But now, companies like Microsoft are filing lawsuits against outfits they say engage in a more complicated but potentially much more lucrative practice called “domain tasting” or “domain swiping.”

Here, domains are purchased, and Web pages festooned with advertisements built behind them to see how much traffic the U.R.L.’s attract. If it is not much, the domains are returned to the registrar within five days for a full refund. If the traffic is adequate, the domain is kept, and the domain owner collects money every time someone clicks on one of the ads.

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