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Cybersquatting

Are You A Cybersquatter, Or Are You Just Being Cyberbullied?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The last decade has seen an unprecedented growth in technology, which has paved the way for internet globalization and given new meaning to the term “international commerce”. Consequently, the digital highway has become...more

China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid

by Hogan Lovells on

The Beijing Haidian District People’s Court has recently heard a case in which a domain name registrant requested the court to declare its domain name registration contracts invalid. In this somewhat unusual case, the court...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

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now 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 contact us...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

How to combat the risks of impersonation emails, imitative domains

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Amid the headlines and legitimate concern about massive data breaches, we too often overlook the danger of targeted fraudulent emails, and imitative domain names and websites....more

A New Domain Name Option for the Insurance Industry

by Carlton Fields on

Global insurance industry members have a new online tool—the “.insurance” domain name extension. This generic top level domain (gTLD), governed by insurance industry and security experts, is reserved solely for verified...more

Edible Arrangements’ Trademark Case Bears Fruit

In a recent decision, Judge Vanessa L. Bryant shed some light on a significant new issue: trademark infringement in the world of internet keyword advertising. In a case with important implications for online marketing...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

800-Meter Champion Berian Eventually Outpaces Nike Endorsement Suit... Or Did He? World 800-meter champion Boris Berian is seemingly capable of out-running just about anything these days. Berian is just a year removed...more

EU Retail News - April 2016

by Bryan Cave on

Welcome to the first issue of EU Retail News written by members of the Retail Team at Bryan Cave - EU and US: Marketing fitspiration from SoulCycle - SoulCycle has taken the US by storm, with fitness studios...more

When the cost of default is $1.2 million | World Trademark Review

by Knobbe Martens on

In Neutron Depot, LLC v Bankrate Inc the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas entered judgment in plaintiff Neutron Depot’s favour, enjoining defendant Insurance Depot Marketing Corporation from any activity...more

Re-Registration of a Domain Name Constitutes “Registration” Under the ACPA (Jysk Bed’N Linen, Inc. v. Monosij Dutta-Roy)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court ruling imposing a mandatory injunction requiring transfer of certain domain names to the trademark rights holder. Jysk Bed’N Linen, Inc. v. Monosij...more

Domain Name Strategies for Start-Up Companies

Just as it is important for start-up companies to be mindful of early-stage trademark and copyright protection strategies (see our guides entitled “Trademark Strategies for Start-Up Companies” and “Copyright Strategies for...more

And the Oscar goes to . . .

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is planning to appeal a September judgment finding that GoDaddy did not violate anti-cybersquatting laws. Part of the Academy’s claim centered around the common practice of...more

GoDaddy victorious in dispute over OSCARS and ACADEMY AWARDS marks | World Trademark Review

by Knobbe Martens on

In Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v GoDaddy.com, the US District Court for the Central District of California has entered judgment in defendant GoDaddy’s favour, holding that plaintiff Academy of Motion Picture...more

A Clean Sweep for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Domains

Healthcare giant, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) filed for and was awarded the transfer of 74 domain names that had been registered by multiple individuals. Roche had filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization...more

What Does It Take to Trademark Your Name? - Tartell, M.D. v. South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc., et al.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the question of when a professional name can be protected as a trademark, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit found that the plaintiff doctor’s name had not acquired that distinction. Tartell, M.D....more

And the Winner is? Digital Platform Liability for Trademark Infringement

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Much has been made of the question of liability for the operation or furnishing of digital platforms in the copyright context. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the provider of the Betamax recorder did not itself...more

1f You Can R3ad Th15 – Security and Scam Alert

by McCarter & English, LLP on

You may think there is no value in chasing domain name squatters because customers find your website through search engines, but consider squatters as internal and external security risks. A constantly evolving threat, there...more

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

by Wilson Elser on

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

Global Trademark Protection — 5 Practical Considerations

When Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web in 1990 as a tool to share information among specialized researchers, he likely did not anticipate the degree to which his invention would radically change — in just a few...more

The Launch Of .PORN & .ADULT TLDS

by DLA Piper on

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

UDRP Panel Tells Snapchat to Check Itself Regarding Snapchatcheck.com

By now you’ve probably heard of Snapchat. But if you are not among its growing core base of users between 13 and 23 years of age (probably a good deal younger than you, constant reader) there’s a good chance you are not a...more

Dot Sucks: A Battle Between Trademark Rights and Free speech

by Jaburg Wilk on

When the organization responsible for assigning domain names announced several years ago that it would expand the generic top level domain name system from the previous 21 to an unlimited number, brand owners knew their legal...more

EPIC Battle Launched Between Flooring Companies Over Trademark Infringement

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On August 21, 2014, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (“Shaw”), a Georgia corporation, and Columbia Insurance Company (“Columbia”), a Nebraska corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Carlisle Wide Plank Floors...more

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