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I have been using the sole proprietorship business handle "Lacobus" since January. I found a site called http://lacobus.co.uk/ and they are using the name LACOBUS LTD. I checked the domain registration date and they have had this name since 2-3 months ago. In the US, I can force a Cease and Desist since I am protected by US law since I used the name first. But they are in the UK. What do I do?

asked Sep 03 '12 at 20:18

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closed Sep 04 '12 at 01:13

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Cameron Sep 04 '12 at 01:13

I'd assume that since their company is based in the UK and is under UK laws, you have no legal grounds since they are trading in the UK, they aren't under US laws.

answered Sep 03 '12 at 20:53

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Mattophobia ♦♦

...So they stole my name and now I'm screwed?

(Sep 03 '12 at 21:05) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image


(Sep 03 '12 at 21:39) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Just because they used the same name doesn't mean they stole it. Plus you're not screwed. Somebody has almost the same business name in a different country, so what? :p

(Sep 03 '12 at 21:41) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

Yes but that's a big SEO bump

(Sep 03 '12 at 21:43) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

Well it's something you'll have to deal with. But since the site is a UK domain it will only effect you if somebody was searching on a Uk search engine.

(Sep 03 '12 at 23:07) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

its not that big of a SEO bump at all, Just find a unique Tag line and use it on and in everything you do locobus is only a name really says nothing about a brand in and of its self your big battle is going to be more then making a brand known its the bigger battle is what you are making it known for :)

you dont have any case really or the means income to battle it since it is out side the US ..

best you can do for any type of name in this case is have a proof of date and time of copy right , if a website you have set up has a valid name and copy right date take it print twice put them in an envelope with clearly addressed to your self take them to the Post office have these envelops mailed to your self with a clear date and time on them maybe even registered mail sign for them when they come back , after they are delivered to you just hold on to them dont open them just keep them ..

if ever a day comes there is a question of your right to the name you have legal proof of your first use of the name I know it sound pointless but this is a very real and cost effect way to prove copy right that will hold up in court even ..

either way a strong tag line is going to win the and SEO bumps, for the little time it takes to iron them out if you are really serious about it the key to knocking out all and any bumps is to simply have more links leads to your self then they do another word be proactive in order to gain the attention and become known you cant be static at all :)

if your company were say a blog the guy with million stories = (Links back to there site ) and posts is going to be the clear winner over the guy with 12 stories =(links back to there sight ) even if they use the same name..

answered Sep 03 '12 at 23:32

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just for the record Don't let the LTD fool you it under most circumstances means nothing any one can Type INC, LLC, LTD many many do it every day without legal standing ..

the site I looked at very unimpressive to top it off, I honestly don't know of any IT company worth its slat that would leave a word press theme so incomplete and whats worse they are using a free word press theme not even one they made them self or paid someone else to work out for them ..

(Sep 03 '12 at 23:43) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

only if lacobus is a registered trademark in the UK.

answered Sep 03 '12 at 21:38

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