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Give Feedback On The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) was created specifically to address concerns voiced by IP rights holders in relation to the new TLD program. It’s not the most popular or successful facet of the new TLD program in many people’s minds. According to the most recent statistics from the Trademark Clearinghouse less than 40 thousand marks have […]

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message on keyboard enter key to illustrate the concepts of trademark. ieDRP Cases

The volume of disputes involving .ie domain names is pretty small. This is probably due in part to three factors: The namespace is pretty small with only 206 thousand names the registry’s rules are very restrictive compared to gTLDs prices are generally higher than for a lot of gTLDs However there are still a number of […]

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EnJ Gallo Winery

Wine Producer Acquires Two Brand TLDs

Californian wine producer Gallo Vineyards Inc., has signed contracts with ICANN for two top level domains: .barefoot .gallo If you are a wine drinker then you’ll probably recognise them as being two of the company’s more popular brands. A lot of brands have applied for and got their own top level domain name, but what […]

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Lufthansa & WeightWatchers Win URS

The URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension System) is a new rights protection mechanism that was introduced as part of ICANN’s New TLD rollout. Unlike the UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy), if a complainant prevails in a URS they do not get the domain. All a URS can do is result in the domain being suspended for […]

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.Us ccTLD Adopting URS From July 1 2014

Neustar, who run the backend registry operations for .us and others, announced yesterday that the .us ccTLD will be adopting the URS from July 1st 2014. The URS  is a shorter and cheaper method of lodging a domain name dispute than the UDRP. Of course it’s .us, so the terminology is a little different. In […]

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Pirate Bay’s Domain Hopping Fails

The Pirate Bay has been “hopping” from one domain extension to another over the last few months. At the moment the site is using a .gy domain name, which is Guyana The site had announced that it was switching to a .pe domain name (Peru), but the domain has already been suspended. The site had […]

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Is Lady Gaga A Trademark Bully?

In the last couple of days there’s been some media coverage in Ireland of a case involving a small Irish business and Lady Gaga. Some people are crying foul and accusing Lady Gaga and her lawyers of being heavy-handed and that their actions were tantamount to bullying. While the Irish Independent’s coverage of the story […]

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Chanel Domain Seizure Page

Chanel is targeted by companies selling cheaper knock offs of their products, as are most brands. They’ve probably been pursuing and seizing domains etc., for years, but I’d never landed on one until today. This is what I got: The message contains a very clear warning to would be counterfeiters (emphasis added) : This domain […]

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Fadi Chehadé Explains Brussels Meeting

Philip Corwin from the Internet Commerce Association has published an email from Fadi Chehadé that explains this week’s “secret” meeting in Brussels. Over the past week or so there had been rumours of a meeting being held in Brussels about the Trademark Clearing House. However it wasn’t clear to many either who was organising the […]

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Afnic Release Infographic On Domain Disputes

Unless you’re really fascinated by domain names and trademark law and disputes, domain name disputes aren’t exactly an “exciting” topic. Afnic, the .fr registry, however, are trying to change that in their own little way. Earlier this morning they released an infographic that is packed with information, facts and figures about their new domain name […]

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