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The Essentials Of Domain Name Management For Companies

In the traditional scheme of intellectual property, companies tend to manage their trademark, copyright, and patent portfolios, whether in house or through outside counsel. However, it has become increasingly essential for...more

Feds Open The Gates and Seize the Domain Names

Does the federal government have the right to seize a domain name without notice? With growing frequency, the feds have seized the domain names of thousands of websites for alleged criminal wrongdoing. The latest example is...more

Launch of New Generic Top Level Domains .store and .shopping

From time to time, new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) become available for registration. Among the many gTLDs newly available is .store. This gTLD is intended to provide brand owners with a domain that is instantly...more

Blog: Online Eligibility Requirements Will Frustrate Some Insurance Businesses, But Remedies Are Available

Businesses operating within the insurance industry will soon be able to use <[name].insurance> domain names to direct customers to their online content. The application process for these industry-specific names begins on 3...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - March 2016

The March issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses use requirements of which trademark owners should be aware before undertaking a foreign filing program, and currently open gTLD sunrise...more

No Room at the USPTO: TTAB Rejects Booking.com Trademarks As Generic

Many online businesses prefer to use domain names that communicate as clearly and concisely as possible the types of goods and services offered on their websites. That may be good marketing strategy. But as a recent decision...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Federal Court Offers Clues in How the Newly Amended Rule 37(e) Will Be Applied When Electronically Stored Information Is Not...

Among the most significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that went into effect in December 2015 were amendments to Rule 37(e), which defines spoliation in the context of electronically stored information...more

Re-Registration of a Domain Name Constitutes “Registration” Under the ACPA (Jysk Bed’N Linen, Inc. v. Monosij Dutta-Roy)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court ruling imposing a mandatory injunction requiring transfer of certain domain names to the trademark rights holder. Jysk Bed’N Linen, Inc. v. Monosij...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - February 2016

The February issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses the trademark implications of so-called "zombie" brands, examines Reddit reactions to the Fine Brothers' attempts to register and monetize the...more

Fighting Cyberflight of Domain Names: ICANN Seeks Enforcement of New UDRP Rules

In what appears to be a first, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), the organization responsible for maintenance of domain names and IP addresses, has sent a notice of non-compliance to a...more

A Warning to Phishers in the Yahoo! Pond

In a recent February 15 decision by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), approximately 40 domain names were ordered transferred from their registrants to Yahoo! (WIPO Case D2015-2323). The domains included...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

New Year Trademark Audit: A Time for Reflection and Renewal

The start of a new year is a natural time to audit your company's brand assets to make sure they are being appropriately used and protected. These audits can take different forms, but the core analysis involves a review of...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - January 2016

The January issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter discusses best practices for companies seeking to refresh or rebrand in 2016, outlines the top three considerations for companies conducting a...more

Halting Business And Seizing A Domain Without A Moment’s Notice

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas proves to be one of the more interesting conventions to attend. 2016 did not disappoint: companies showed off cool innovations in displays, robotics, and integrated smart...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System – ICANN’s fast-track domain name complaints procedure

ICANN’s Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) seeks to offer trademark holders a quick and cost-effective way of tackling infringing domain names. The URS is designed to sit alongside the existing Uniform Domain Name...more

MarkIt to MarketTM - December 2015

The December issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market TM newsletter discusses key takeaways as a result of a recent TTAB case in which a trademark was found to be laudatory, sends seasons greetings from the firm, and...more

The Twelve Res of Christmas: Yule-Themed IP Matters in 2015

It is often said Christmas is creeping ever-backwards, each year striving to begin its domination of our collective consciousness and consumer dollars at an earlier date. In the realm of litigation, Christmas creep manifests...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Google Cracking Down on Advertising Fraud

Google is cracking down on domains that falsely represent advertising inventory with its Ad Traffic Quality Team, currently showcasing a filtering tool—DoubleClick Bid Manager (DBM)—that detects when publishers are trying to...more

Domain Name Strategies for Start-Up Companies

Just as it is important for start-up companies to be mindful of early-stage trademark and copyright protection strategies (see our guides entitled “Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies” and “Copyright Strategies for...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

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