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Trademark Firm Partners with Network Solutions

Thomson & Thomson in Boston, a global trademark and intellectual property specialist, partnered with domain registrar Network Solutions Inc. to help small to mid-size firms with launching successful corporate e-commerce initiatives.

Thomson & Thomson's namestake.com, an online brand identity management service, is designed to enable companies to create and protect their identities on the Web. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the agreement, this real-time online screening service is accessible via NSI's Dot Com Toolkit, at www.networksolutions.com, by simply clicking on the namestake.com logo. Namestake.com, powered by Thomson & Thomson's proprietary search technology, is an online service that screens domain names for potential trademark infringement. With the click of a mouse, users can find a comprehensive database of domain names and trademark information available on the Web.

"Our Dot Com Toolkit gives companies the tools and services they need to conduct business on the Web right away," said Doug Wolford, Network Solutions' senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We're pleased to offer Thomson & Thomson's namestake.com service to the growing numbers of Internet users who need to protect their online brand identities."

The namestake.com service was developed to address the issues associated with building brands on the Internet. As companies continue to extend their brands to the Web, as well as create new online brands, they are finding that the stakes for establishing and protecting unique and memorable online identities are high, T&T said.

"Combining our comprehensive database of domain name and trademark information with NSI's registration ability arms users with the knowledge and power to make intelligent registration decisions, help avoid infringement against existing trademarks and, most importantly, protect their company's intellectual property," said Tom Barrett, vice president and general manager of namestake.com.

Thomson & Thomson is a subsidiary of publishing giant The Thomson Corp. It maintains a database of domain names from more than 247 countries.