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JacquiPryor, post: 183408 wrote:
As just one example, if the other person can demonstrate use of the name before you first used it or registered it, then, there wouldn’t be much you could do in terms of trademark infringement; their prior use would be a defense.

And they don’t even have to have used the domain name. One thing you have to prove to succeed in a .au domain name dispute is bad faith registration or use. If they’re not using the domain and they registered it before your trade mark registration, you can’t prove bad faith registration or use.

bluepenguin, post: 183477 wrote:
You can do a whois search and find out when the domain is due to expire. Just Google “whois au”.

For .au domains, the expiration date won’t show up in the Whois records. This was changed some years ago after one too many scammer sent renewal notices to domain name owners with inflated prices.

Cheers,
Victor