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The Anti-Phishing Working Group’s latest report on phishing trends during the first quarter of 2012 has found that, while brand owners have become increasingly vigilant in their defence against the problem, the perpetrators have likewise grown more sophisticated. WTR considers what brand owners can do to combat this ever more complex problem.
With the ICANN community meeting in Senegal, more details have emerged about the proposed Trademark Clearinghouse with concerns over data integrity and language capability.
Last week we learnt that some of the world's biggest brands have bought in to the '.co' domain, either as part of a new domain name strategy or merely to protect their trademark rights from misuse. Now that the Colombian registry behind the widely popular domain has opened up for general availability, we know that trademark owners such as Yahoo! and Microsoft are facing possibly infringing uses of their trademarks - in what may become the most valuable domain since '.com'.
Over the past week ICANN has been deluged with public comments focused on the use of privacy and proxy services, which allow a domain name registrant's personal details to be hidden from public view. The submissions followed a call for internet users to speak out against proposals, which are being linked to the ill-fated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Domain parking startup Protected Parking is offering a monetisation service that promises brand owners “a low risk, pragmatic solution” for the recovery of lost traffic from potentially infringing domain names. The service has already signed up hundreds of high-profile clients, with the company’s marketing director denying that it encourages typosquatting by offering a monetary incentive to registrants.
Recent research has revealed the extent of a newly discovered type of domain name abuse. Dubbed ‘soundsquatting’, it is based on homophone confusion of popular domains and the authors of the study have urged trademark counsel to take note due to the high proportion of malicious domains uncovered.
New research into typosquatting has highlighted the increasingly sophisticated methods that typosquatters are implementing to dupe users and revealed a number of trends that trademark counsel should pay heed to.
The online challenges faced by trademark counsel and brand protection specialists are in a constant state of flux, with new gTLDs set to expand both the opportunities for, and risks to, brands. To assist trademark counsel in their online policing activities, World Trademark Review is pleased to announce Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment, the latest title to join the growing WTR portfolio. As well as hard copies being sent to WTR subscribers, the guide has today been published online.
At this week’s ICANN meeting in Panama, the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. Among the concerns of brand owners are the difficulties in investigating potential infringement, the lack of response to legitimate data access requests and registers not engaging with the UDRP process.
Recent research has provided new insights into the little-understood phenomenon of domain name ‘combosquatting’. Revealing that the scale of the problem is far greater than previously imagined, the study is a wake-up call for online brands that see their trademarks being used to lure internet users to malicious websites. As well as underscoring the difficulties with tackling these activities, the study’s authors have hinted at some of the possible responses that brand owners might adopt.
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.
Brand owners are losing the battle against typosquatters; study highlights tactics that could be effective
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”.
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.
The 2016 edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment is now available to view online.
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.
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