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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

As Apps Rise, Are Domain Names the Next AM Radio?

Despite a deluge of seminars, conferences, newsletters, blogs and email reminders over the past year or so, many companies and public figures are just waking up to the reality of the massive expansion of the Internet domain...more

Hot Topics to Follow During ICANN 49 in Singapore

The 49th international Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting is imminent—unofficially kicking off on Friday, March 21, 2014, and concluding on Thursday March 27, 2014. This will mark the first...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

Trademark Clearinghouse: ICANN as Big Brother?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has brought another layer of complexity to protecting trademarks from being poached as part of a domain name. As of March 26 2013 trademark owners may now...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

Mark It to Market - February 2014

In This Issue: - Service Marks Must be Used in Rendering of Services, Not Just Advertising - Generic Top Level Domains – Current Sunrise Periods Open - The February issue of Sterne Kessler's Mark It to MarketTM...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

Germany: More detail around claims against “typo-squatting”?

According to its press release, the German Federal High Court (“BGH”) decided on 22 January (I ZR 164/12) that – in the particular case- the registration of a domain name which was a misspelled version of an already...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

Are there going to be new generic top level domains available in the future? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm's Intellectual Property attorney Maria Crimi Speth discusses top level domain names and their future availability. She then talks about what business owners should do to prepare for this....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

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

Speak Now? Sunrise Periods Closing on New gTLDs

On January 21, 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it has “delegated” more than 100 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), or roughly five times the total number of gTLDs in...more

Valuable $50,000 Twitter Account Allegedly Stolen

There was an interesting January 29, 2014, article on CNET written by Don Reisinger describing how a thief/hacker allegedly hijacked an Internet domain name and e-mail account belonging to Naoki Hiroshima and stole his...more

A Domain Name is Property. A Domain Name is Not Property.

Business people are sometimes seen to roll their eyes when they ask their lawyer a straighforward question, and the lawyer pauses and replies “Well… it depends…” In our earlier post, we reviewed the Canadian decision...more

Domain Names – Possession Is 9/10ths Of The Law

As 2013 was winding down, the law firm of Dewey, Cheatum & Howe also known as www.BestLawfirmEver.com was calculating its partners’ year end distributions. Before the ink was dry, Dewey announced he was leaving, taking an...more

You May Not Necessarily Be the Master of Your Domain

The ability to associate goods and services with a specific domain name can make or break a business, so much so that companies are still willing to fork over millions to purchase domain names. And although you may consider...more

On a Collision Course: How Domain Name Collision Could be Your Biggest Security Threat

We are barely a month into 2014 and one of the news stories that is likely to be most memorable for the year is the Target security breach that resulted in upwards of 70 million customers’ personal information being...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

Domain Availability – What You Need to Know

Domain names are much like a street address, only the identify the virtual location of your website and business. Domain name availability is best searched through a domain registrar, or directly through the Whois Lookup. ...more

Whitepaper roundup: Privacy, copyright, and digital advertising

Readers seem to have liked our post about the recent GAO report that summarized the U.S. data privacy debate. For those interested in Internet law and policy issues, there are plenty of other official reports that you can use...more

10 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Trademark Lawyer: Part 1

For most people, finding and hiring the right attorney can be daunting. When it comes to identifying a trusted trademark lawyer to guide your brand in the global marketplace, the task can be even more daunting, and the wrong...more

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