This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China and Asia.
On July 11th 2011. We received Tianhua Ltd's application, they want to register "[CONFIDENTIAL - REMOVED]" as its Internet keyword and CN/Asia domain names. It is china and Asia domain names. But after checking we find this domain name conflict with your company, in order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email, and want to confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Oversea marketing manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 136615 29704
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Like other scam emails this one contains telltale signs. Note 1: There's no company name in the signature block. Note 2: There's grammatical and spelling errors, the signature block job title is "Oversea marketing manager".
We've added the Chinese characters above, the symbol for "speech".
IP protection of names
As IP lawyers we are often contacted by clients concerned that their IP rights are being stolen. Protection of names involves a range of steps which we advise clients about.
Domain name registrations (are just the beginning)
Trade mark registrations
Company or business name registrations
Legal notices to use in association with names and brands
Packaging and product design to bring out the brand
Maintaining an intellectual property register
There are legal "use it, or you'll lose it" principles. Thus, use the names and brands you have. If they are registered use them in the same form as the registration.
When you have this armory of protections in place you'll be less concerned by random scam emails. Review your position. Are you clear that you have the real protections in place that are needed?