People and companies register domain names all the time. Sometimes you know exactly why you're registering a domain name and you have very specific plans for it. Other times you don't. However it's a pretty safe bet that if somebody registers a domain that is an exact or very close match to their company name that they're going to use it at some point. It's also very clear to … [Read more...] about The Puma IE Domain Dispute is Disturbing
The sunrise period for "short" IE domain names drew to a close before Christmas. While there wasn't a huge number of domains registered during the sunrise by brand owners, there were several well known companies that succeeded in getting one or more domains. If you check the whois records for many of the domains you'll find that they are registered to well known brands' … [Read more...] about Which Brands Registered Short IE Domains During Sunrise?
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 dispute resolution … [Read more...] about Afnic Release Infographic On Domain Disputes
The US Department of Commerce's Larry Strickling has written to ICANN again. This time it's about new TLDs, the RAA, law enforcement and trademark protections in new TLDs. By the tone and choice of words it sounds like the US Department of Commerce either assumes that ICANN will be able to force registrars to agree to the LEA demands or is happy with the concessions … [Read more...] about Strickling To Crocker – ICANN Needs To Do More To Protect IP
Why did this case catch my eye? Well when the respondent tells WIPO that the domain is "available to lease" it's going to catch my attention WIPO have awarded John Wiley & Sons the domain webhostingfordummies.com following a UDRP dispute. What surprised and amused me was the reply the registrant sent WIPO on being notified of the dispute: The Respondent did not reply … [Read more...] about For Dummies Win WIPO Case Against Dummy