gTLD Update for September 2013
What is Licensed Property? By Richard Hsu
What is a domain name? Is it the same as a company name?
Gene Grabowski on Trade Associations
Trademark Licensing: What You Need to Know
Trademark Series: Protecting your mark from becoming generic
Trademark Series: Matching your commercial strategy
Trademark Series: Building a global brand
The time is upon us. After years of anticipation, lobbying for delays and more robust trademark protections, and otherwise steeling themselves against the oncoming tide of new, generic top-level domain names (gTLDs), brand...more
In This Issue:
- PAGING MR. CHARBUCKS:
Someone once said that the American legal system guarantees every corporation its decade in court. That came true with a vengeance for two corporations whose 12-year-long...more
Website domain names as we know them will look dramatically different now that the menu of Internet domain name suffixes is expanding. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently released the...more
On December 6, 2013, ICANN posted for public comment a proposal requested by the Brand Registry Group to incorporate a new Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement, which would be available to a registry operator...more
In This Issue:
- CHINA AMENDS TRADEMARK LAW: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR BRAND OWNERS
- SUPREME COURT CORNER
- A CASE FOR COUNTERFEIT TRADE DRESS
- MANAGING YOUR IP ACROSS BORDERS
Can a product which imitates the look and feel of another product, but does not use the trademarked brand name, still be considered a “counterfeit” product under United States law? Owners of popular brands (like Louis Vuitton...more
Your company has just come up with an exciting new product that enables someone to walk and chew gum at the same time! Just imagine all of the potential buyers out there who have been suffering for years from “Can’t Walk and...more
This past Friday, Starbucks received yet another blow in its 12-year long trademark dispute against Wolfe’s Borough Coffee Inc. The Second Circuit affirmed U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain’s decision and found that...more
What’s your Band Brand? One of the common questions that artists and bands always ask is, “How can I secure that my band brand so we are the only ones allowed to use that name and protect my logo?” If you end up being the...more
Last week, Works Design Group highlighted five vodka bottle designs to love. No doubt, a nice collection of very creative work. This stacked ice cube design is my favorite from their set...more
As hipsters continue to rule the world, parody shirts, hats and other apparel have become increasingly prevalent, much to the dismay of luxury brand owners. Here are some recent examples...more
The New gTLDs Are Almost Here. Will You Be Ready?
The first new generic Top-Level Domains (“gTLDs”) are expected to launch any day now — triggering what many predict will be the most significant transformation of the...more
In this issue:
- How Capitol Records v. Vimeo Shapes the Content Stream
- Internet Platform Held Liable for Counterfeit Sales – Hope for Brand Owners
- Daily Journal quotes Greg Sater on native...more
Who knew the fleeting annual presence of haunted houses — around your town and mine — was enough to achieve the vaunted status of “Billion Dollar Industry?”...more
The first nine new generic top-level domain name spaces (gTLDs) in English1 are expected to go live on or around October 29, 2013. These first nine domain spaces to join existing gTLDs like .com and .net are: .camera,...more
In This Issue:
- IS THIS REALLY A JOB FOR THE TRADEMARK OFFICE?
Legal proceedings involving mass murders and lurid sexual escapades get lots of media attention.
Trademark cases? Not so much.
- Brand owners should prepare for the impending release of numerous new gTLDs – the first few of which will be open for registration soon, and even sooner during the sunrise periods for brand-owners who...more
You should choose your business name with care, because the name of the corporation or the name under which a service or product will be sold has the potential to be a valuable asset of your business. Unless you take steps at...more
There is an old expression: “Hung by the tongue,” meaning something is said that one lives to regret. When it comes to trademark use, this saying is particularly true. Trademark owners are required to monitor trademark use,...more
A trademark (one word) is the identity you give your products. A service mark (two words—don’t know why, just the way it is) is the identity you give your services.
Originally Published on I-Sight.com - October 15,...more
In February 2013, the Instituto Nacional Da Propriedade Industrial (the “Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office”), ruled that Gradiente Electronica (“Gradiente”), not Apple, owned the “iPhone” mark in Brazil. The “iPhone” term...more
The People’s Republic of China is considered by some to be the next great economic superpower, and U.S. companies seeking to gain a foothold in the Chinese marketplace often begin by attempting to secure trademark rights in...more
After years of discussion, some of the new domain name registries associated with the generic top level domains (gTLDs) will soon open for registration. Registration with the trademark clearinghouse has several valuable...more
When it comes to trademarks and the brands they represent, there are two paths. One leads to distinction, the other to extinction. The INSURE path teaches brand owners and their brand team six important steps to follow in...more
WHEN WILL THINGS CHANGE -
After four years and a number of revised drafts, the eagerly anticipated amendment to the existing PRC Trademark Law was finally passed on August 30, 2013 and will come into force on May 1,...more