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Domain Names

There’s an App for That; Now There’s .APP for That Too

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As many of our readers know, in 2011, ICANN, the organization that operates the internet domain name system, authorized the launch of the New gTLD Program – the largest expansion of the generic top-level domain name (“gTLD”)...more

Fashion Law Newsletter - March 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it." – Diane von Furstenberg Welcome to our latest edition of Fashion Law where we provide you with the latest updates on legal issues affecting the...more

Domain Names: The dangers of “snapping”

by Hogan Lovells on

DNS Belgium, the Registry operating the .BE country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), recently published an article warning domain name owners of the risks inherent in the practice of “snapping”. ...more

Branding and Trademark Series: Building a Brand

The word “brand” has come to be used broadly as a business buzzword, and with good reason. A brand often is comprised of a company name or a product name - but it is much more than that. It is a projection and reflection of...more

dotFM embraces emoji domain names

by Hogan Lovells on

dotFM, the Registry responsible for the .FM Top Level Domain (TLD), is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register. ...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 see our...more

ICANN in California – 2018 McCarthy Symposium review

by Hogan Lovells on

We are delighted to have sponsored the eighth annual McCarthy Institute Trademark Symposium on February 23 in Sunnyvale, California. The one-day event, titled “Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2018” brought together over 200...more

Talk to Chuck, Trade Like Chuck, or Chuckit?

A recent advertisement caught my ear because it involved financial services offered by a guy named Charles Hughes a/k/a Chuck Hughes and the catchy marketing phrase Trade Like Chuck...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

MarkIt to Market® - January 2018

January marks the 50th issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® newsletter. This issue discusses Olympic marks ahead of the upcoming winter games, covers new protection for certification marks in the EU, provides an update...more

WIPO – No fan site for tribute band

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel ordered the transfer of a domain name that exactly matched the name of a...more

What’s In a Name?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Question: What do Sean Combs, J.K. Rowling, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, and Mark Wahlberg have in common? Two things, actually. First, they are all listed on the Forbes 2017 Celebrity 100 List; second, they all have gone to...more

Enforcing a Security Interest in Domain Names

by McGuireWoods LLP on

For many businesses, a domain name is among its most valuable assets. Lenders routinely seek to use domain names as collateral. However, perfecting a security interest in a domain name is only the first step because...more

.IE registration rules to relax in March

by Hogan Lovells on

In our earlier post we commented on IEDR´s (the Irish Registry for the .IE country code Top Level Domain) Public Consultation with a view to relaxing the registration policy for .IE domain names....more

10 Common Data Breach Attack Techniques

by Revision Legal on

Among the more frustrating aspects of cyber security is the constantly evolving nature of the threat and the multitude of data breach attack techniques. One vulnerability is patched only for another to be found/created; one...more

Global IP outlook 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

2017 was a year of widespread political, technological, and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond. Please see full Publication below...more

Top 10 Highlights of Canadian IP Law and Practice in 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

2017 was a year of significant developments to Canadian IP law and practice, with important court decisions and numerous legislative amendments. We have taken the opportunity to review the top 10 highlights from the past...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Crowdsourced Content in Video Games: How Ownership Issues Almost “Ganked” a Copyright Case - In Blizzard Entertainment v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Company, a federal court denied a motion for partial summary judgment for...more

.NL leads the way in the fight against malicious online activity

by Hogan Lovells on

Malicious activities are an ongoing problem across the Internet and growth is increasing as a result of ever more sophisticated phishing attacks.  One ccTLD Registry that has demonstrated it is taking these issues very...more

What’s up with WHOIS? The GDPR May Limit or Prevent Access to Domain Name Registration Information

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Domain name registrars and registries might soon be changing their mantra from, “I think ICANN,” to, “Maybe ICANN’T,” when it comes to providing publicly available WHOIS information for domain name registrants. New potential...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

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

by Hogan Lovells on

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual...more

MarkIt to Market® - December 2017

The December 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses how ultra violet is the new black, a trademark practice update, and lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

‘Scandals spawn hashtags and disasters breed domain names’. EQUIFAX DOMAINS…PART TWO

A few weeks ago, we reported that Equifax was successful in wresting over 125 domain names from squatters who were hoping to cash in on the publicity behind the Equifax security breach. For those that have been in a sensory...more

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking In UDRP Proceeding Leads To Award Of Attorney Fees In District Court

The Southern District of Florida recently awarded attorney fees in a reverse domain name hijacking case. Defendant PeopleNetwork ApS initially opposed Plaintiffs’ trademark registrations for various BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE marks,...more

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