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‘.feedback’ hit with breach notification after brand complaints; ICANN urged to take stronger stance (updated) (Blog)
ICANN has informed the operator of the ‘.feedback’ TLD that it is in breach of its registry agreement, the first instance a registry has been found in breach of its ICANN compliance obligations as a result of a public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure (PICDRP) complaint. However, while characterising the move as “positive”, one of the parties to the complaint has criticised the scope of the panel’s review and hit out at ICANN for not taking stronger action.
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.
The original deadline for INTA’s survey on the impact of new gTLDs on brand owners has been extended, with corporate members now having until Friday February 28 to submit their responses. The study is designed to provide empirical data on the real-world cost of the new gTLD programme on trademark protection and policing activities.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) the lobby group that was at the forefront of advocating for trademark owner interests in the run up to the new gTLDs programme is again pushing for amendments to US anti-cybersquatting laws in light of the country’s new Republican-dominated government.
In the largest URS decision to date, the National Arbitration Forum has suspended 474 domains using marks owned by Ashley Furniture Industries. The decision comes at a time when the URS, alongside other rights protection mechanisms, is under review, with brand owners being urged to act now to shape the online enforcement environment of tomorrow.
Brand owners are losing the battle against typosquatters; study highlights tactics that could be effective (Blog)
New research has found that typosquatters are becoming increasingly adept at securing the most valuable brand-related domains, with the authors suggesting that many brands “do not know which domains they should target for reclaim”.
Media brands can’t rely on Facebook and Google to fight the reputational risks posed by fake news (Blog)
There have been growing calls in recent weeks for Facebook and Google to tackle content published by fake news websites. This follows accusations that both provided a platform for the sharing and promotion of misinformation during the recent US election. What is being less discussed is the responsibility that major media companies have to stop such sites specifically those that use the branding of popular news outlets as a way to add legitimacy to their hoax articles.
Following an investigation by World Trademark Review, leading crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has been labelled “a treasure trove of product designs for would-be counterfeiters and copycats” by a brand protection expert. The investigation found that countless popular crowdfunding projects are being copied and sold on major online marketplaces often before the legitimate product is available to buy.
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.
With India registering domains at a leading rate, counsel should reconsider their trademark strategies (Blog)
There is plenty of evidence pointing to China’s growing role in the ownership and management of web domains, including in the context of new generic top-level domains. But recent analysis suggests that India is also upping its game when it comes to claiming online real estate and trademark strategies will have to take this into account.
Brands unleash scathing review of ‘.feedback’ top-level domain; seek investigation against registry (updated) (Blog)
A collective of brands filed a public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure (PICDRP) complaint with ICANN this week, seeking a review into an allegedly “escalating pattern of discriminatory, fraudulent and deceptive registry misconduct” by the operators of the ‘.feedback’ gTLD. The move marks an escalation of the long-standing tensions between trademark owners and the registry.
Findings of recent research into the effects of new gTLDs on competition in the wider domain industry indicates that Chinese entities have been among the busiest in ringfencing the new web space opened up by the programme. The lowdown for trademark counsel is that China is likely to feature ever more prominently in their enforcement projects going forward.
A recent report has highlighted the prevalence of SMiShing (SMS phishing) attacks, with a third of consumers reporting that they had received messages trying to trick them into disclosing personal information. Patrick M Flaherty, assistant general counsel, marketing, IP and digital media law and policy, at Verizon, tells World Trademark Review that text phishing is on the up, but imparts some practical pointers for brand owners seeking to combat such fraud.
This week the ‘.shop’ gTLD hit general availability, with the registry behind the string revealing that it registered almost 40,000 domains in the first 30 minutes of sales. Watchers of the expanded online space particularly trademark owners seeking to gauge the need for defensive registrations have been awaiting the launch of strings that go truly mainstream. So is the early performance of ‘.shop’ a sign that the blockbusters are now arriving?
Eyebrows have been raised over recent trademark filings by businesses linked to prolific domain owner and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. World Trademark Review has conducted an extensive investigation into the filings, which reveals an intriguing web of thousands of company names, domains and trademarks related to high-profile brands, generic terms and even IP offices with the legal work in the US being led by a former USPTO patent examiner.
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.
Asian and South American netizens have highest awareness of new gTLDs but uptake is another question (Blog)
ICANN recently published the findings of its latest Global Consumer Research Survey, aimed at measuring the progress of the new gTLD landscape. The findings highlight an encouraging trend in terms of awareness of new gTLDs particularly in regions where internet use is growing most rapidly. But the evidence of new gTLDs as a web navigation tool is disappointing.
New research has shed light on the strategies being adopted by ‘.brand’ operators, with a threefold increase in the number of second-level domain names in the brand environment observed in the first half of this year. However, the prevalence of redirects and domains with no content means that search engine results listing ‘.brands’ are not following the same upward trajectory.
“A welcome relief for brand owners fighting against counterfeiters”: court rules in landmark ISP case (Blog)
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has dismissed an appeal against the landmark ruling in Cartier International AG v British Sky Broadcasting Limited, which ordered five internet service providers to block access to sites selling counterfeit goods. One industry commentator suggested that the decision paves the way for trademark owners to tackle sites selling counterfeits in a way that is both cost efficient and adaptable to the evasion tactics utilised by infringers.
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.
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