Domain names

Domain name audit or Due diligence

Audit of domain name portfolio


Domain names are intangible assets that add value to your business. Carry out an audit of your portfolio is an effective way to know where you are in your protection and to see what are the means to consider to optimize the costs of maintaining this portfolio.

Brandon IP Intellectual Property attorneys support you in your procedures for the audit of portfolio of domain names.

The interest of carrying out an audit of domain name portfolio

The domain name audit allows you to correlate the actual use of the domain names with the reality of your registrations.


The audit is a time to:

  • Detect whether new domain name registrations are necessary with regard to future projects (dedicated mini-websites, product websites, etc.) and consider additional security measures;
  • Identify domain names which, on the contrary, could no longer be renewed because the corresponding projects are no longer relevant. In this case, several decisions can be taken depending on your situation and your strategy: no longer renewing these domain names, licensing them to a third party, or even selling them.

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The audit also makes it possible to take stock of the development of the company’s activities and its prospects.

For instance:

  • To identify the domain names registrations made as a preventive measure for certain extensions and decide if it can be strategically relevant to renew them or not;
  • To update the ownership of domain names in the case of groups of companies or mergers and acquisitions, or to record changes of business address, etc.
  • Check whether the domain names held are in line with the current trademark portfolio;
  • Check that the domain name extensions correspond to the market in which the activity is located (for example, if you are active in the Japanese market, it is advisable to own at least one domain name)
  • Raise awareness about the new extensions available. For example, if your activity is related to a highly technological market, it is recommended to reserve the extension corresponding to this activity. Here are a few: .science, .mobi, .tech, .aero, .energy, .systems.
  • Etc.


Our attorneys are able to audit your domain name portfolio and advise you on the best registration and renewal strategy to adopt according to your objectives.

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