Internet and online

One month until GDPR deadline: INTA and US government call for urgent rethink over WHOIS approach

With the GDPR enforcement date of May 25 fast approaching, the US government and INTA have expanded on their concerns – with a warning that a WHOIS blackout will result "in a field day for bad actors".

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Brexit: impact on UK-based proprietors of ‘.eu’ domain names

UK-based owners of '.eu' domain names should take note of the European Commission’s "Notice to stakeholders: withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules on '.eu' domain names".

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Cybersquatting breaks all-time record high; '.com' still TLD of choice for cybersquatters

WIPO has issued a press release revealing that cybersquatting cases in 2017 reached an all-time high, with 3,074 cases filed in 2017 compared to 3,036 cases in 2016.

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UDRP complaint fails on all three requirements; found to be attempt at RDNH

In a recent decision under the UDRP, a three-member WIPO panel not only denied the transfer of the domain name ‘’, failing it on all three requirements, but also found reverse domain name hijacking.

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Court of Appeal: initial interest confusion in internet search results allowable

In National Mini Storage Limited v National Storage Limited, the New Zealand Court of Appeal appears to have allowed initial interest confusion to occur in search engine results.

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Nepal launches collective tea mark, HP ramps up anti-fakes efforts and new CITMA president: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the election of a new president at CITMA, how HP is stepping up its anti-counterfeiting outreach, and much more.

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Philip Morris, Michelin and Electrolux lead UDRP filers list as domain actions hit historical high

UDRP case filings at WIPO continued their upward momentum, with 3,074 cases handled in 2017. While the rise was less pronounced than in previous years, the figure set a new record.

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How to protect your brand online: our new, free-to-view guide is now available

The latest edition of our exclusive guide, Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment, is now available to view online.

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“WHOIS as we know it could go dark”: assessing ICANN’s proposed GDPR compliance models

Brian Winterfeldt, president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, analyses the proposed models for GDPR compliance - one of which would effectively result in the WHOIS database as we know it going dark.

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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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