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SSAC gives the thumbs down to the use of emoji in domain names

by Hogan Lovells on

Emoji, the pictorial symbols typically presented in a colourful cartoon form, are nowadays being widely used on smartphones, in chat, in email applications and in social media. Their increasing popularity has prompted the...more

Welcome to the WIPO overview 3.0

by Hogan Lovells on

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently updated its WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, the previous edition of which (WIPO Overview 2.0) was published in 2011....more

Do You Want a “.health” Web Domain Name? Do You Want to Prevent Others from Using Your Trademark in a “.health” Web Domain Name?

“.health” (dot - health) is one of the newest domain extensions (also known as Top Level Domain, or TLD), reserved for brands, organizations, and people who provide health products, services, and/or information. The new...more

.Health: What You Need to Know About the Internet’s Newest Domain Name

by Carlton Fields on

On May 8, the new .health Internet top-level domain opens up to members of the health care industry and will be awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Below is what your organization needs to know about “.health.”...more

WIPO: Cybersquatting reaches all-time high with the introduction of new gTLDs

by Hogan Lovells on

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency based in Geneva that administers the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), issued a press release last month revealing that...more

War of the World Wide Webs: D.C. Circuit Refuses Terror Victims’ Attempt to Seize Internet Domain Names

In early August, the D.C. Circuit refused to allow victims of terror attacks to take control of the Internet domain names of Iran, North Korea, and Syria as a means of satisfying previous money judgments awarded to the...more

Retailers Take Notice: Will Customers .shop at Your .store?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Have you thought about establishing a new distinctive web address for your business? Do you worry that someone else may try to register your brand name within one of the new generic top level domains (gTLDs)? Whether...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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

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

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

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

ICANN’s New Program Adds Hundreds of Domains, More to Come?

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues to make significant progress with its implementation of the New generic Top–Level Domain (gTLD) Program. Under the new program, ICANN has added more...more

Lawyer Limelight: Shawn Gunnarson

by Kirton McConkie PC on

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?

by Dechert LLP on

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both on recess this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. suspended the operations of Syria’s U.S. embassy and consulates as the Syrian civil war enters its fourth year. Also Tuesday, details of an NSA...more

U.S. Government Begins Process to Give Up Control Over Key Internet Functions

by Reed Smith on

On March 14, the NTIA (the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration) announced that it would immediately start a process to transition control of “Key Internet Domain Name...more

Here Comes the Sun: Many gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

by DLA Piper on

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

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...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Registering Your Trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse – Is Your House in Order?

by Dickinson Wright on

“It’s happening – the biggest change to the Internet since its inception” is how the president of ICANN’s Generic Domains Division has described the new gTLD Program being implemented by The Internet Corporation for Assigned...more

The New gTLD Program: Latest Updates on Brand Protection and the Trademark Clearinghouse

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

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