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INTA.sucks: Brand Prophylaxis or Trademark “Protection” Racket?

I’m back from the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in beautiful (if a bit cloudy and windy) San Diego, which featured the usual array of client meetings, networking with counsel from around the world,...more

YourBrand.sucks — Unless You Act Now!

As the INTA Annual Meeting winds down, one memory for me that certainly stuck out was an on-site ad campaign revolving around the new “.sucks” top-level domain (“TLD”). Depending on whom you ask, it’s either ingenious or...more

Advertising Law - May 2015

Amazon Sues Over Fake Reviews - In a new lawsuit, Amazon targeted one individual and four companies that allegedly wrote and posted fake reviews on the e-commerce giant’s site. Amazon’s Conditions of Use expressly...more

MarkIt to MarketTM | April 2015

In This Issue: - I Second that e-Motion: Protecting Motion Marks - USPTO Begins Accepting International Design Applications - Attending INTA Annual Meeting - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt...more

It's Time to Register .Bank Domains

Beginning in May, banks will be able to register domain names with ".bank" extensions, such as "xyzbank.bank." The “.bank” domains will have enhanced security requirements and may only be registered by verified members...more

[Insert Your Trademark Here].sucks – Is Your Brand at Risk?

In recent years, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit entity responsible for maintaining the Domain Name System of the Internet, has begun to introduce hundreds of new top-level...more

Sunrise Registration Opens: Options for Protecting Your Brand in the .sucks gTLD

The registration policies and pricing for .sucks domain names paint trademark owners into a corner. This alert explains the defensive registration options for mark owners, although there are no “good” options. The new gTLD...more

Right to Criticize Gets a Bigger Public Platform on the Internet with the Introduction of .sucks Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, more commonly known as ICANN, has recently approved more than a thousand new general top-level domains (gTLDs), which are anticipated to launch over the next few years....more

A Questionable Future for .SUCKS Domain Names?

In response to a veritable deluge of concerns from brand owners over the .SUCKS domain name registry’s pricing structure, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) sent a letter to the U.S. Federal...more

A New Weapon to Combat Cybersquatting: File Suit against Domain Registrars and Hosting Companies

Cybersquatting, under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), is registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a...more

Banks Take Notice: The Sunrise Period for .bank Registrations is Coming Soon

The sunrise period for .bank is currently scheduled to take place between May 18 and June 16, 2015. Only trademark holders who have obtained verification of their bank’s trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may...more

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods 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

.Casino gTLD Launches Sunrise

The new gTLD .casino opens to the public on June 3. Trademark owners may be able to register their trademark as a .casino domain name ahead of the public launch. The “sunrise” early registration period for trademark owners...more

“.school” Domains Now Available

The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as...more

.CASINO generic Top Level Domain Launches Sunrise

The new gTLD .casino opens to the public on June 3. Trademark owners may be able to register their trademark as a .casino domain name ahead of the public launch. The “sunrise” early registration period for trademark owners...more

Coming Soon: Your_Brand.Sucks

Discussion about how something "sucks" is no longer reserved for middle school lunchrooms. Soon the Internet will include a new generic top-level domain ("gTLD") for .SUCKS. The goal of this new gTLD—according to its...more

Coming Soon...the New .sucks gTLD - How Will it Affect You?

To All Brand Owners: The arrival of a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) will require you to once again evaluate your brand strategies and trademark portfolios, particularly as they relate to the Internet. The Internet...more

An Ounce of Prevention: Act Now with “.sucks” Registration Opening

As many brand owners may know, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) recently approved the .sucks gTLD. The Sunrise period for trademark owners to register .sucks domain names containing their...more

Filing Fee for .sucks Top-Level Domain Names Really Sucks for Brand Owners

The recent top-level domain name explosion has been of great interest to existing brand owners and new market entrants alike. No longer is a business limited to deciding which of a few top-level domains, such as .com, .net,...more

The Launch Of .PORN & .ADULT TLDS

In 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) made waves by approving the first adult entertainment industry-specific top-level domain (“TLD”), “.XXX,” administered by the ICM Registry. At that...more

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their...more

What To Do About the .SUCKS New gTLD

In connection with its New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program, as of March 2015, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has delegated nearly 550 new gTLDs. This significant expansion of the...more

Generic Top Level Domains Create New Opportunities and New Headaches for Colleges and Universities

For decades, the Internet was limited to a small number of top-level Internet domains, the most common being .com, .org, .net, .edu, and country-specific domains. However, in 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...more

New ".SUCKS" TLD Creates Dilemma for Trademark Owners

March 30, 2015, is the opening day of the “sunrise” period for registration of domain names in the .SUCKS top-level domain (TLD). Unlike other recently created TLDs, which are typically oriented toward either particular...more

Don’t Lose Out on Your .BANK Domain Name

In just a few months, perhaps as early as mid-May, the new .BANK generic Top Level Domain will become available to banks around the world. The new domain promises to be more secure than the traditional .COM, with enhanced...more

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