MarkMonitor Inc. is an American software company founded in 1999. It develops software intended to protect corporate brands from Internet counterfeiting, fraud, piracy, and cybersquatting. It also develops and publishes reports on the prevalence of brand abuse on the Internet. MarkMonitor acquired AllDomains in 2001 and DtecNet in 2010. MarkMonitor was then purchased by Thomson Reuters in 2012. Again in 2016, MarkMonitor changed hands to two venture capital companies, along with the IP division of Reuters. MarkMonitor was founded in 1999 in Boise, Idaho and its initial business as a service provider for the protection of corporate trademarks on the Internet. In 2000, MarkMonitor gained ICANN accreditation status for domain registration and acquired a domain management business called AllDomains the following year. In October 2010, MarkMonitor acquired an anti-piracy company (DtecNet) and was itself purchased by Thomson Reuters' Intellectual Property & Science business in July 2012. According to the MarkMonitor web site, it has been publishing a report called the Brandjacking Index since 2007, to assess how Internet threats affect corresponding brands. The companys annual report says that cybersquatting increased 18 percent in 2008 and "phishing attacks" rose 36 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In 2010 the company estimated that $200 billion in revenues is lost annually as a result of worldwide counterfeiting and piracy on the Internet. The 2011 report said the company had identified 23,000 listings "for clones, suspected counterfeits, or gray market" versions of tablet computers by 8,000 sellers. A 2011 opinion piece in Techdirt criticized the research methodology of MarkMonitors report.