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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.
Preliminary findings of research conducted by IBM indicate that new gTLDs are among the most widely used top-level domains in email spamming activities. With spam containing malicious attachments on the rise, the report notes that new gTLDs are becoming more popular because they allow spammers to vary their domain URLs and thus bypass spam filters.
A letter, co-signed by 21 law professors and practitioners, has slammed the “expansive protections recently demanded by trademark owners”, which they argue “are inconsistent with basic propositions of trademark law”. In response, leading commentators have hit back at the “misleading and inaccurate” arguments made in the letter.
Analysing phish: new study reveals phishers are shifting their sights to new gTLDs and the cloud (Blog)
A study by cybersecurity firm PhishLabs indicates that the volume of phishing attacks grew by almost one-third last year, with cloud storage brands set to overtake financial services as the top targets. Researchers also found that phishing perpetrators are increasingly turning to new gTLDs to dupe internet users.
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.
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.
Last year was another busy one in terms of trademark strategy news, and the world’s largest and fastest-developing regional market was often at the centre of it all. World Trademark Review presents a retrospective on some of the key trademark and brand management developments in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions during 2016.
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.
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.
Dot Trademark Registry ups brand protection credentials; lines up discussions with Chinese online platforms (Blog)
A new generic top-level domain for the Chinese word for ‘trademark’, ‘.商标’, has attracted over 7,000 brand-related registrations since it launched last year. In a bid to bolster its primary selling point of being a trusted online space in China, the registry’s general manager has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it is lining up discussions with major online platforms to encourage brand promotion of the domain in a bid to help Chinese consumers find authentic goods and services.
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?
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.
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.
An ongoing dispute between Vox Populi, the registry operating the ‘.sucks’ top-level domain, and Com Laude has led to the termination of the latter’s accreditation as a registrar of ‘.sucks’ domains. Vox Populi mantains that the decision resulted from a “specific breach of contract”, but Com Laude has announced that it is considering further action. The company also expressed its “hope that all brand owners will think twice before buying or renewing a ‘.sucks’ domain”.
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