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United States and Canada Respond to ICANN’s Concerns over the “.sucks” Domain

In April 2015, the General Counsel of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) sent a letter to the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (the...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2015

ADVERTISING - UK: Tweaks to rules on sales promotions and competitions - The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of...more

What Banks Need to Know About the .BANK Domain Name

As the internet continues to expand, there are new opportunities to use recently approved new domain name extensions similar to .COM, .EDU, .ORG, and .NET. One of these domain names of particular interest to financial...more

Generic top-level domains – the evolution of trademark protection

In early 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) received over 1,900 applications for unlimited generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Since then, over 325 new TLDs have launched with a total of...more

Five Key Takeaways From ICANN 52 in Singapore

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently concluded its first public meeting of 2015, held February 8–12 in Singapore. Now that the meeting has concluded, Katten's Internet practice has prepared...more

ICANN News: 500+ New gTLDs Introduced to the Internet

A milestone has been reached in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ controversial and ambitious generic top-level domain program. On February 6, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...more

ICANN Gears Up for Second Round of gTLD Applications Even as First Round Still Underway

The most significant development in the Internet space in recent years is the ongoing generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion. (As a reminder, a TLD is what appears to the right of the "dot" in a domain name (i.e., .COM,...more

Six Key Topics to Track During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

The fifty-first international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) formally commences on Monday, October 13, 2014, in Los Angeles, marking what will likely be the most well-attended North...more

Challenging Delegated Top-Level Domains: ICANN’s Trademark Post Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure

This year, hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are changing the landscape of the Internet. The long-awaited result of ICANN’s new gTLD program, top-level domains such as .NYC, .WINE, and .WTF will now join the...more

.CHURCH Launching September 17

The number of premium domain names available to churches and related religious organizations is about to increase significantly. On September 17, 2014, the domain name extension .church – a new alternative to domain name...more

The gTLD Explosion: Changes to Domain Names that All Businesses Should be Aware Of

The universe of domain names within the internet is undergoing radical change and businesses need to be aware of how to navigate in this new world. On June 20, 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...more

Who owns your domain names?

Asking who owns your domain name is not as silly a question as you might think. And it is one that needs more attention from many businesses. Many small businesses, in particular, treat ownership of their Internet domain...more

German Federal Court of Justice Decides on Deletion of Unused Domains and Typosquatting

German law on internet domains is not codified in a uniform statutory law, but spans over a variety of legal areas such as trademark law, unfair competition law and naming rights and is strongly built on court decisions....more

Amazon’s Inability To Register Domain Name .Amazon Is An Interesting Case Study For New gTLDs

Do you want your company to control .app or .restaurant? Applying to operate a generic top-level domain (gTLD) isn’t for the faint of heart. Although several hundred companies ponied up the $185,000 application fee for over...more

Is .XYZ The Next .COM? You Might Be Surprised.

Most of our readers are now familiar with ICANN’s new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, which saw over 1,900 applications from various entities seeking to operate new top-level domain name registries. ...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the...more

Lawyer Limelight: Shawn Gunnarson

Internet governance is back in the news these days, as the U.S. Commerce Department takes steps to relinquish its largely symbolic role in managing the infrastructure of the World Wide Web. Wait. You hadn't heard? We're not...more

Icann's Trademark Clearinghouse: Keeping Cyber Squatters at Bay?

Expansion of the domain name system - ICANN (the organisation that coordinates internet domain names) is in the process of expanding the domain name system by introducing hundreds of new global Top Level Domains...more

New Domain Name ".solar" is Now Available

As many of you know, all businesses worldwide are facing the opportunities and perils of a vast expansion of internet domain names. The Solar Industry is on the front row of this new domain name game with a generic top-level...more

New '.uk' Domain Names to be Introduced

Nominet, the company that manages the UK domain space, will shortly be introducing .uk domain names. This means that from 10 June 2014 shorter domain names such as will be available for the first time, alongside...more

Here Comes the Sun: Many gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

The modern era of general Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) is here. The last several years of discussion, negotiation, public comment, lobbying, applications, and objections have finally led to delegation of the first new gTLDs in...more

Report on the Initial gTLD Launch: Taking a Ride with .BIKE

Despite the attempts of Reed Smith and some others in the intellectual property field to educate the public on the upcoming explosion in the number of global top-level domains (“gTLDs”) (the string to the right of the dot,...more

Recent Ruling May Put Dent In Ability of Government to Seize Domain Names

A November 2013 ruling from the United States District Court in a bankruptcy case may create an obstacle for a tactic increasingly popular among federal prosecutors – the seizure of a defendant company’s domain name....more

Domain Name Squatting to Gain Leverage Can Trigger "Bad Faith Intent" in an ACPA Claim

A required element to sustain a claim under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection (ACPA) (15 U.S.C. § 1125(d)(1)(A)) is proof that the defendant acted with "bad faith intent to profit from that mark." As bad faith...more

The Dot.Com World is About to Explode: BB&K's G. Henry Welles Examines the Legal Implications of The Roll Out of New Generic...

The dot.com world is about to explode. The number of Internet domain names will significantly increase over the next few years with the roll out of new generic top-level domains, known as gTLDs for short. These will change...more

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