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 attentionWIPO 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
Nominet, the registry operator that manages *.uk, is planning on releasing both single and two character domain names. In common with a lot of other ccTLD registry operators, Nominet had blocked single and two character domain names from being registered. However they are now planning on releasing them to the public in a phased plan. The exact details of "how" the domains will … [Read more...] about Nominet To Release 1 and 2 Character Domain Names
You'll have to excuse me for the Shakespeare quote, but something is rotten in the state of Denmark.While talking to some of the people involved with the Danish domain industry it becomes evident that there is something something seriously wrong with how .dk handles disputes.A recent case revolved around the domain orango.dkThe domain had been registered for nearly 10 years … [Read more...] about Something is rotten in the state of Denmark : Danish Dispute Policies Allow Reverse Hijacks?
Trademark holders do funny things with domains. Bebo.ie, which was registered in bad faith, was handed back to its rightful owners last year.However Bebo Inc obviously don't care enough about the .ie domain to hold onto it, so it's been dropped.So will anyone try to grab it again?It will be interesting to see if someone else makes a play for it. With the number of active Irish … [Read more...] about Bebo Drop Bebo.ie
Today marks the last day for public comments on the IRT (trademark protection) final report. The report, which I've mentioned a few times in the past, was drafted from the perspective of trademark holders in an effort to allay their fears and concerns associated with the launch of the new TLD program.You can see the comments submitted to date here and read the report here.I've … [Read more...] about Last Call For Trademark (IRT) Comment Period For New TLDs
HarperCollins, the UK based publishing house, has won a WIPO domain dispute. The dispute centred around the domain: collinsdictionary.com According to Hosterstats the domain was first registered back in 2005, but has been parked ever since. The registrant did not respond, so the domain dispute was decided in HarperCollins' favour. The only odd thing is that the decision is … [Read more...] about HarperCollins Wins WIPO UDRP Case