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05|13|2008 01:14 am EDT

Maveron Plays Both Sides, Backs Citizen Hawk with $3 Million

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

citizen hawk logoAs reported by Tech Crunch, Citizen Hawk, a “digital brand management” company is now funded with $3 million courtesy of Maveron LLC.

“CitizenHawk helps companies protect their online brands by targeting cybersquatters.”

The interesting angle that goes unmentioned at Tech Crunch is that Maveron already has a history of investmenting in the domain space with their funding of Internet REIT (iREIT). iREIT has come under fire in the past for owning a vast amount of the same trademark/typo infringing domains that Citizen Hawk seeks to “manage” for their clients.

About a year ago, some of the specifics of iREIT’s holdings were detailed by WSJ writer David Kesmodel. Since then, the company has been among several defendants named in high profile legal battles in the domain space, including the Vulcan Golf and Verizon lawsuits. Domain Name News has covered some of Citizen Hawk’s tactics previously in this post.

Thanks to ‘Office Naughty’ for the story tip!

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May 13, 2008 @ 7:48 am EDT

x-reit employees working for Citizen Hawk too
can’t beat em’ — join en’

Kelly Lieberman

May 13, 2008 @ 8:16 am EDT

There is another company busy crawling all over domain portfolios looking for signs of TM violations.
I have seen them all over my portfolio in the last 2 weeks.
I think I will check them out and see if they are using the same double-sided tactics as the companies that you have pointed out.
Thanks for the info.


May 13, 2008 @ 12:20 pm EDT

Great info.


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