SZD CURRENTS: Medical device tax enacted as part of health care reform; ICANN to add new Web extensions


Under the microscope: Medical device tax enacted as part of health care reform

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act included a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices. It applies to sales after Dec. 31, 2012, and is expected to generate $20 billion over 10 years.

ICANN to add new Web extensions to extend life beyond the dot-com

With ICANN’s decision to expand gTLD domain name extensions, the World Wide Web may finally live up to its name while offering many potential opportunities and challenges for trademark and brand owners.

A domain name primer: registry and registrar

ICANN recently approved the vertical integration of domain name registries and registrars which was previously not authorized. Here’s a primer to differences between a registry and registrar.

Practical tips for licensing trademarks in an online world

The Internet has revolutionized the marketing and sale of goods and quickly is transforming all commerce into electronic commerce. These changes have important implications for brand owners who license their trademarks.

Summary of the FTC’s proposed Green Guides

On Oct. 6, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission released its proposed Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, also known as the Green Guides, which are aimed at helping marketers avoid making environmental claims that are unfair or deceptive under Section 5 of the FTC Act.

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