Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 (ACPA)

An amendment (15 U.S.C. § 1125(d)) to the Lanham Act ( www.practicallaw.com/8-501-4903) that creates a civil cause of action for owners of certain federally-protected trademarks ( www.practicallaw.com/4-501-4858) against a person that both:

The ACPA applies to the following types of trademarks (whether registered or unregistered) protected under the Lanham Act:

  • Marks that are distinctive or famous at the time the relevant domain name was registered.

  • Certain marks relating to the Red Cross and the Olympics.

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