Domain Names

FAQs: Protect Your Domain Name

Max Steinhausen

FAQs: Protect Your Domain Name

In this article, we have summarised the answers to the four most commonly asked questions about domain name protection.

1) Should I register a .au domain in Australia?

Absolutely. Especially if your business primarily serves Australian customers. A .au domain emphasizes your presence and commitment to the Australian market, enhancing trust and improving your SEO with local search engines. This localized domain can significantly impact consumer perception and search engine relevance within Australia.

2) Who regulates domain names in Australia?

Domain names in Australia are managed by auDA (.au Domain Administration). This organization develops and implements domain name policies, accredits registrars, and ensures the operational stability of the .au namespace. Their work helps maintain a secure and reliable domain infrastructure for Australian entities.

3) How do you protect your domain name?

There are several key strategies to protect your domain name:

  1. Register with a reliable registrar to ensure professional handling of your domain.
  2. Enable privacy protection to hide your contact information from the public WHOIS database, reducing spam and preventing identity theft.
  3. Use strong, unique passwords and multi-factor authentication to secure your registrar account.
  4. Lock your domain to prevent unauthorized transfers or changes without your consent.
  5. Monitor for misuse or infringement regularly and take action when necessary.

4) What is the process to register a trademark?

Registering a trademark typically involves five key stages:

  1. Filing Stage: Submit your application with the necessary details about the trademark and its intended use.
  2. Examination Stage: The trademark office reviews your application for any conflicts or issues that could prevent registration.
  3. Acceptance Stage: If there are no issues, your trademark is preliminarily approved.
  4. Publication Stage: Your application is published to allow the public an opportunity to oppose the registration if they have valid grounds.
  5. Registration Stage: If no oppositions arise or are successfully resolved, your trademark is officially registered, granting you full legal rights to enforce it.


It is essential to protect your domain name to safeguard your online presence and maintain the integrity of your brand. Start by selecting a unique and meaningful domain name, and register it through a reputable registrar. Ensure that you also check for trademark availability to prevent potential legal issues and consider registering your domain name as a trademark for added protection.

Implement security measures such as enabling domain privacy, using strong passwords, and setting up multi-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access. Regularly monitor your domain name's usage on the internet to quickly address any unauthorized or infringing activities.

Remember, your domain name is a crucial part of your brand's identity and digital asset. Taking these steps will protect your domain and also enhance your brand’s resilience against cyber threats and competitive pressures. For specialized advice and to navigate the complexities of intellectual property protection, consider contacting our IP advisors who can provide expert guidance tailored to your specific needs, or book a free consultation online.

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I've been working with Max and the team for a number of years now. They have helped me with multiple trade marks, objections/challenges and advice around the technicalities of the law. I would highly recommend talking to them if you're looking for great customer service, advice and results!

Mathew Stillone
Founder/Managing Director, Integrity Food Co.

Thank you to Max and the whole team! Your work is always of a high standard, professional and timely. I highly recommend Max and the team to any organisation needing IP support!

Anthea Thomas
Director, Hypnobirthing Australia

Excellent service, great result. We initially had issues with our trademark and called them to lodge a declaration to support the mark. Our mark was finally accepted and we believe this was only due to the thorough and detailed documents that were submitted to the trademark office. Great work!

Jason Morrisby
Founder/ Director, Mask Co.

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