The registration of a domain name protects only that particular domain name. It does not prevent other parties registering near identical domain names. Also, most domain names can be registered by anyone, without any need to establish a right to the domain name. It is possible to stop use of some domain names where that use is in bad faith.
The scope of domain names applied for needs to be carefully considered in combination with both the brand portfolio and wider commercial interests of the business the domain represents.
Potential pitfalls encountered when registering and maintaining domain names can lead to domain name registrations unintentionally lapsing, or being controlled by other parties. They are: