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11 February 2019

MARQUES warns of severe consequences of UDRP review “based upon bias, anecdotes and edge-cases”

MARQUES has written to ICANN calling for a data-led review of the UDRP when the process kicks off, stating that “there should be no changes to the UDRP unless such changes are based upon fact”. 

11 February 2019

The evolution of Airbnb’s trademark strategy, and what it means for law firm collaborations

Alica Del Valle, lead counsel for IP, marketing, PR and content at Airbnb, expands on the Silicon Valley company’s fast-changing trademark strategy, what it demands from law firm partners and the creation and protection of its Chinese brand, Aibiying.

29 January 2019

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year.

21 January 2019

UDRP: termination of business does not mean termination of rights in a domain name

A recent decision under the UDRP serves as a reminder that the termination of a business activity does not imply the disappearance of rights to the domain name related to such business.

18 January 2019

Restricting keyword advertising can be anti-competitive, holds the FTC

In a case concerning 1-800-Contacts’ approach to curbing competitors’ use of “1-800-Contacts” as an online search keyword, the US Federal Trade Commission has weighed in for the first time on whether restricting the use of trademark keywords is anti-competitive.

17 January 2019

Blackhawks.com down! Respondent found to have engaged in pattern of abusive domain name registration

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘blackhawks.com’ shows that a domain name registrant may be found to engage in conduct that amounts to bad faith even if it is not targeting a specific trademark holder.

15 January 2019

UDRP: no change in the <em>status quo</em> is not a legally relevant development

A recent decision under the UDRP highlights important points for complainants contemplating the submission of a refiling.

11 January 2019

Skyscanner fails to obtain transfer of ‘fly-scanner.com’ under UDRP

In a recent case under the UDRP, Skyscanner has failed to prove that the respondent had registered and used the domain name ‘fly-scanner.com’ in bad faith, even though it was being used in relation to competing services.

09 January 2019

Is Brexit spurring a ‘.eu’ domain exit?

The latest Progress Report released by EURid has revealed a drop in the overall number of registrations under ‘.eu’. Is the uncertainty surrounding Brexit a factor in the decrease in the number of domain name registrations and renewals?

08 January 2019

UDRP complainants: be careful not to trigger a finding of reverse domain name hijacking

In recent UDRP proceedings, a panel has denied the transfer of a domain name that was identical to the complainant's mark and also made a finding of reverse domain name hijacking - even though the respondent did not specifically ask for such relief.

03 January 2019

Sandvik’s multi-layered approach to brand protection – exclusive interview

We sit down with Sandvik AB’s trademark and brand protection lead Charlotte Falck, who explains how she uses interactions with commercial colleagues to create business matrix ratings in a bid to identify enforcement priorities.

30 November 2018

“An encouraging evolution of the laws in China” – exclusive interview with NBCUniversal’s Monique Cheng Joe

WTR speaks with Monique Cheng Joe, head of brands and content at NBCUniversal, about the significant challenges of managing intellectual property for a global media and entertainment conglomerate.

23 November 2018

Supreme and Adidas most counterfeited fashion brands; Taobao remains go-to platform for fakes

A recent survey on the “world’s largest replica discussion board” has revealed insights into the demographics, habits and brand affinity of those who regularly buy fake fashion goods.

23 November 2018

"We are not optimistic": future of WHOIS access remains uncertain after report release

ICANN's expedited policy development process team has published its initial WHOIS data report; one industry expert tells WTR that “there is little to please trademark owners" with respect to WHOIS access.

23 November 2018

Victory for Louboutin as Delhi High Court clarifies responsibilities of online intermediaries

In Christian Louboutin SAS v Nakul, the Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of Louboutin, stating that the safe harbour protection under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act is not absolute.