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EFF highlights “trademark bullying” evasion tactics as debate over new gTLD policing heats up (Blog)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have published a report advising domain name registrants that, in a bid to “minimise exposure to trademark bullying”, they should avoid registering domains in the new gTLD environment. While counsel may object to the ‘bullying’ label being extended to legitimate enforcement efforts, the report could have a positive payback for policing strategies.
INTA study reveals cost of new gTLDs to brand owners as ICANN community wrestles with RPM review (Blog)
At this week’s ICANN meeting in South Africa, the impact and effectiveness of new gTLD rights protection mechanisms has taken centre stage, with one participant voicing concerns that some trademark owners are over-reaching in sunrise applications. The flipside, of course, is that many see the need to implement proactive defensive registrations across a range of strings. Now, a new study from INTA reveals that member registrations in new TLDs have been “overwhelmingly made for defensive purposes”.
With nine of 10 top new gTLD registrants, China’s online dominance will worry many brand owners (Blog)
Chinese entities now own almost half of all new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registrations, with nine of the top 10 new gTLD registrants associated with the country, according to recent reports. With another tranche of gTLDs just approved for sale by the Chinese government, many brand owners will be concerned about what this all means for their trademark protection strategies.
New study reveals young EU citizens buying more counterfeits, becoming less convinced fakes are damaging (Blog)
A new study into the way EU citizens perceive IP rights has revealed a widespread and growing respect for IP across Europe. However, the figures in relation to young people (aged between 15 and 24) make for less positive reading, highlighting a worrying increase in the intentional purchasing of counterfeit goods and a growing acceptability of fakes.
Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) case filings at WIPO have busted through the 3,000 barrier for the first time, with Philip Morris, AB Electrolux, Hugo Boss, Lego and Michelin revealed as the top complainants.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016 (Blog)
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
New research from The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has revealed the extent of identity squatting targeting this year’s presidential election candidates, as well as members of the US Congress and Senate.
Next week Alibaba is to place virtual reality (VR) technology at the centre of its Singles Day sales drive, the latest in a series of high-profile uses of the technology in China. With the country’s VR industry predicted to be worth Rmb55 billion ($8.14 billion) by 2020, it makes the market one to monitor for counsel concerned over how brands may be used (for good and bad) in the virtual environment.
ICANN report says “little benefit” in extending gTLD protection mechanisms, despite lack of trademark owner engagement (Blog)
ICANN has released a draft report on the efficacy of the Trademark Clearinghouse and rights protection mechanisms that suggests that there is little evidence to support an expansion of rights protection mechanisms but the level of input from trademark owners may lead to questions over the findings’ usefulness in ICANN’s future policymaking.
Collaborate now, reduce litigation later: ICANN community urged to reach agreement on IP abuse provisions (Blog)
In a letter to the Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN has clarified that, while it will act to ensure that required contractual provisions related to abusive behaviour are included in registry-registrar agreements, its obligation to take action on IP infringing activity ends there. However, World Trademark Review has been told that the issue is “far from resolved”, with the hope that “fruitful” community collaboration will result in a satisfactory outcome.
Domain-squatting epidemic; “critical” brand owners get to grips with IP protection in sanctions-free Iran (Blog)
New research conducted by World Trademark Review suggests that a high proportion of the world’s leading brands have seen their trademark-related domain names in Iran’s national top-level domain, ‘ir’, registered by unaffiliated registrants. The revelation serves as a reminder that IP protection in Iran which recently benefited from the lifting of many economic and financial sanctions should not be overlooked.
Despite hundreds of new generic top-level domains hitting the market in 2015, our latest Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals that concern over the impact of the rollout is abating. The results also suggest that the proactive approach taken by trademark counsel has eased the pressure created by the influx of launches. However, there is still work to be done.
Recently compiled data from analytics site ntldstats.com has revealed that a staggering 53.4% of all domain registrations in new gTLD strings have their origin in China. The registration numbers are likely to come as an expected, and unwelcome, development for trademark counsel, who could be bracing themselves for a spike in cybersquatting. There is likely more to the picture, however.
A new study from cyber-operations platform Endgame has revealed at least one major typosquatting campaign, targeting hundreds of the world’s leading brands, using Oman’s national top-level domain, ‘.om’. The research, which looked at thousands of the most visited domains, also reveals that most brand-related ‘.om’ domains remain unregistered and are therefore vulnerable to use in malicious typosquatting operations.
WIPO has published its 2015 Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) statistics, evidencing a 4.6% increase in case filings compared to the previous year. The organisation attributes this rise to activity in new gTLDs, which is accurate but the figures only tell one part of the story.
The 2016 edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment is now available to view online.
An analysis of take-up within the two most relevant new gTLDs - ‘.law’ and ‘.legal’ - suggests that law firms are taking a tentative approach to their new gTLD registration strategies, with only a quarter of the sample we studied registering the equivalent of their key domain name in either of the strings.
In the latest World Trademark Review podcast, guest speaker Corynne McSherry from the Electronic Frontier Foundation proposes that the application of trademark law in the online environment, and lack of a safe harbour for intermediaries, allow a number of brands to silence free speech. Our panellists then have their say on the issue.
A number of recent Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) decisions have led to proclamations that the mechanism could be ‘dead to trademark owners’. One influential figure in the IP community disagrees with this assertion, but tells World Trademark Review that the URS is in need of review and could be replaced by a fast-track UDRP.
ICANN has published its first Global Registrant Survey, which reveals that almost half of domain name registrants are unaware of cybersquatting. The findings evidence the uphill battle facing trademark counsel as they seek to ensure that internet users are not duped by those seeking to exploit their marks.
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