Internet and online

“Successful strategy is rooted in looking forward”: Amazon on protecting the world’s most valuable brand

Exclusive insights from Dana Brown Northcott,’s associate general counsel, intellectual property.

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“It is rare for Google to be the plaintiff in a trademark litigation”: exclusive interview with the tech giant’s director of trademarks

Annabelle DanielVarda, legal director, trademarks at Google, provides the inside track on the company’s brand protection efforts.

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UDRP complaint unlikely to succeed without proof of bad-faith registration, even if respondent's subsequent use is questionable

A recent decision by a WIPO panel highlights that it is crucial to prove both registration and use in bad faith under the UDRP, even where the respondent’s subsequent use of the domain name is...

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UK Supreme Court Cartier judgment: who pays for website blocking orders?

In a blow for rights holders, in Cartier International AG v British Telecommunications Plc the UK Supreme Court has decided that internet service providers should not bear the implementation costs for website blocking orders.

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In rare decision, three-member UDRP panel fails to agree on respondent's rights

In this rare decision under the UDRP, the dissenting panellist found that the respondent did not register and use the domain name in bad faith, but nevertheless had no rights or legitimate interests in it.

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ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and...

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Keep calm and carry on: tips for online enforcement and advocacy after GDPR

In this guest blog, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group and president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, and Phil Marano, senior associate at the Winterfeldt IP Group, identify five tools that can be utilised in...

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The world’s leading corporate trademark professionals revealed

Released today, Apple, Mars and Procter & Gamble head up the 2018 edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Now in its second edition, this community-led research project identifies the leading lights of the corporate...

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MEME mark refused, Trump trademark snag for Israeli club and WHOIS working group set to disband: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a MEME trademark related to serial filer Michael Gleissner, how an Israeli football team adding ‘Trump’ to its name could land the club in trademark hot water, and much more.

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Navigating the evolving landscape of social media

Although it is a hard truth that we must learn from our mistakes, it is also equally true that we can learn from the mistakes of others. Thus, it is essential for brands to learn from the failures and successes of the approaches adopted by their competitors in tackling online...

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The evolution of internet service provider and host liability

The sheer scope of online counterfeiting and the anonymity that the Internet provides counterfeiters necessitate that brand owners look to internet service providers – whose roles in the world of e-commerce are essential – for assistance in blocking or preventing...

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Software & Online Services Team of the Year: Twitter

Twitter has long sought to position itself as an information platform, rather than a social media platform. However, 2016 was also a challenging year as it faced up to escalating competition for digital advertising spend.

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As remarkable growth of sports industry continues, exclusive data analysis reveals the key trademark trends

From today, World Trademark Review will be producing a new series of industry-specific data reports. We start with a deep dive into sports and sporting goods.

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