Storm Commerce, formerly Enferno, has since 2008 offered a cloud-based e-commerce platform for scalable digital trading under the brand Storm.
Preparatory work for a rebranding
During 2016, a decision was made to develop and refine the brand Storm, and introduce a one-brand strategy. At the same time, a change of the company name to Storm Commerce AB was initiated and a new visual identity was introduced.
At this stage, Ports Group’s consultants and trademark attorney was put on the case to contribute strategic and legal consultation. As a first step, we did a complete preliminary investigation of the prospective brand, partly to identify potential legal pitfalls, but also to evaluate the strength of the brand.
Domain registrations and acquisitions
After the preliminary investigations were completed, we carried out extensive domain registrations. This included existing markets, but also proactive registrations for potential future markets. This was before any trademark application was submitted in order to prevent unnecessary cybersquatting in this early stage. In order to enable this extensive domain name protection, which included countries which otherwise would require local presence and/or registered trademarks, Ports Group’s local proxy contacts were used for registration.
At the same time, we initiated an acquisition of the domain name storm.io. Even though the owner details of the domain name were hidden, Ports Group’s consultants were able to get hold of the owner of the domain name. Apart from handling the negations with the owner, Ports Group also handled the transfer of the agreed price for the domain name as well as the process to legally transfer the ownership of the domain name to Storm Commerce.
As an initial step in ensuring the legal exclusivity for the new brand, Ports Group submitted a trademark application for the EU. Shortly after the trademark was registered, we designated the trademark to the rest of the targeted countries specified in the action plan through WIPO (World Intellectual Property Org.).
The result is a portfolio with trademarks and domain names where all reasonable and proactive measures have been taken in order to ensure the exclusivity to the brand, legally as well as digitally. The trademarks does also have ongoing monitoring to ensure that exclusivity remains.