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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

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

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?

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

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

YourBrand.sucks: Trademark Protection and the New gTLD Designations

Little more than a predatory shakedown scheme” to “enrich the domain name industry rather than benefit the broader community of Internet users.” That was how West Virginia Senator John Rockefeller described the potential...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

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

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

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

Internet Expands as New Top Level Domains Go Live; Trademark Clearinghouse Protections Triggered

The Internet continues to expand, as the rollout of new Generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) continues. Now is a good time to make sure that your brand...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

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

“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

CRS Report To Congress On Internet Governance

On November 13, 2013, the Congressional Research Service ("CRS") issued a report to Congress entitled "Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress." The focus of the report is the United States'...more

New Generic Top-Level Domain Names (“gTLDs”) Opening for Business

The first set of new generic top-level domain names (“gTLDs”) are opening for business this month. A gTLD is the part of a domain name that comes after the “dot” (“.”). Currently, there are 22 gTLDs including .com, .org and...more

It's Happening: Generic Top-Level Domains Update

On 23 October 2013, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began the rollout of the new generation of top-level domain names, heralding the event as "the biggest change to the internet since its...more

So Long, .com!

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

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2013

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Clashes, Collisions, Delays and Decisions: ICANN, NTIA, Verisign and ANA Weigh In on ‘Name Collisions’ and the Readiness of the...

Last week, ICANN (the organization that oversees the domain name system of the Internet) was busy with nothing less than the security and stability of the Internet. At ICANN’s recent meeting in Durban, those of us attending...more

ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse - What You Need to Know

Even in the current Internet landscape of only 23 generic top-level domains (gTLDs)—including .com, .net, .org and a handful of others—many organizations find that protecting against domain name infringement is quite a...more

Key Topics to Follow During ICANN 47

ICANN 47 in Durban, South Africa, unofficially began on Saturday, July 13, 2013, with community participants closely following a few important topics that will receive attention and develop further in Durban. This client...more

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