Trademark lawyer to 3-man startup: Hand over your domain—or else

Would “CaseRails” get confused with “CaseWeb?” Sanford Asman says yes.

Today is the deadline for Erik Dykema to decide whether or not he will fight for his company’s name.

Dykema and two co-founders created CaseRails more than two years ago. The Manhattan-based startup has just three people, all focused on creating and managing legal documents.

Two weeks ago, CaseRails started ramping up its marketing, increasing its advertising, and e-mailing attorneys who might be interested in its product. Not long after that outreach, Dykema got a phone call from Sanford Asman, a trademark lawyer who says his rights are being infringed by CaseRails.

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