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05 June 2014

Cartier recovers domain names under '.mx' policy

In two separate domain name dispute proceedings brought before WIPO, French jeweller Cartier International AG has obtained the transfer of two ‘.mx’ domain names under the Dispute Resolution Policy on ‘.mx’ Domain Names, a variation of the UDRP. The decisions highlight the fact that trademark holders should closely monitor their brands in all ccTLDs.

08 April 2014

New domain names regulations aim to bolster fight against cybersquatters

The registry for ‘.ar’ domain names, NIC Argentina, has been introducing changes to the way in which ‘.ar’ domain names are registered, handled and renewed. The aim is to optimise the operation of ‘.ar’ domain names and to fight cybersquatting. Among other things, NIC Argentina will now charge an official fee of between $20 and $30 for registrations, renewals, assignments and disputes. In contrast to many other countries, the registration or renewal of domains names used to be free in Argentina.

12 March 2014

INDECOPI suspends '' domain name registration

INDECOPI has ordered Red Científica Peruana - the administrator of the '.pe' ccTLD - to suspend the registration of the domain name ''. INDECOPI based its decision on the fact that the 'Pirate Bay' website has been involved in legal actions in other jurisdictions, and that it has been proven that the website contributes to the violation of third-party IP rights.

08 November 2013

'.co' registry releases European IDNs

.CO Internet SAS, the registry managing the ccTLD for Colombia, has announced the launch of European IDNs in the ‘.co’ domain name space. The launch includes the special characters used by the Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Hungarian languages.

06 November 2013

'.cl' registry announces changes to registration and dispute resolution policies

NIC Chile, the registry responsible for managing the ‘.cl’ domain name space, has announced the implementation of changes to its registration and dispute resolution policies to bring it into line with global industry practices. These changes will come into effect on December 1 2013.

10 July 2013

1,100 two-character '.co' domain names for sale

The registry managing ‘.co’, the ccTLD for Colombia, has announced the listing of its two-character ‘.co’ domain name portfolio for purchase with the registrar GoDaddy. The aim of listing these domain names seems to be two-fold: raising the profile of ‘.co’ domain name registrations while, at the same time, encouraging small to medium-size businesses to acquire a short and "highly brandable” domain name.

25 February 2013

'.co' still going strong

.CO Internet SAS, the registry managing ‘.co’, the ccTLD for Colombia, has revealed impressive statistics for the year 2012. The number of ‘.co’ domain names increased by nearly 24.4% from 2011 to 2012 - a significant growth rate, especially in view of the overall TLD growth rate of 12% and ccTLD growth rate of 20.7%.

16 October 2012

'.tc' registry to offer short domain names

‘.tc’, the ccTLD for the Turks and Caicos Islands, will soon be joining the now not-so-exclusive one and two-character domain name club. There will be no sunrise period allowing holders of trademarks consisting of one or two characters to register in priority. The registry's pricing for one and two-character domain names will be much more expensive than for domain names with three or more characters.

20 February 2012

Tobacco company stops unauthorised use of trademark on Facebook

Tobacco company CA Cigarrera Bigott Sucs, the owner of the well-known mark BELMONT, has successfully obtained the removal of a profile using its trademark as an identifier on the social network Facebook. The unauthorised use of the BELMONT mark on the social network could have exposed Bigott to the possibility of being investigated for failure to comply with the relevant regulations on tobacco advertising.

23 May 2011

Request for delegation of ‘.sx’ to be submitted to ICANN

The government of Sint Maarten has announced at the recent ICANN meeting in San Francisco that it would be submitting a request for the delegation of the ‘.sx’ ccTLD. It will be interesting to see how the new ‘.sx’ ccTLD registry positions itself - it seems highly unlikely that it will simply set out to be the country code for Sint Maarten, and will instead try to increase profit by marketing itself as an extension with a ‘secondary meaning’.

12 November 2010

New '.br' dispute resolution bypasses the courts

NIC.BR, the entity responsible for the registration and maintenance of '.br' domain names, has published a regulation for resolving conflicts related to '.br' domain names via the Administrative System of Internet Conflicts. This system seeks to provide an alternative means of resolution for disputes involving the owners of '.br' domain names and third parties regarding the legitimacy of the registration of the domain names.

18 October 2010

Disputes involving '.co' domain names on the rise

There has been an increasing number of disputes arising from the registration of domain names under the ccTLD '.co'. Less than two months after the liberalisation of the '.co' extension, half a million domain names had already been registered. Most of the complaints are a direct consequence of the perception that the opening of the '.co' extension represented an opportunity to make easy and fast money.

12 July 2010

Campaign to promote '.mx' domain name registrations launched

NIC Mexico has launched the "Let's Be More '.mx'" campaign to promote '.mx' domain name registrations. As part of the campaign, NIC Mexico is offering domain name registrations directly under the '.mx' extension at a reduced fee. It is likely that some third parties will see this as an opportunity to take advantage of any available domain names that may infringe trademark rights.

30 March 2010

Domain name registrants required to update their data

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the ‘.ar’ country-code top-level domain, has announced that it would be implementing a new system to register and administer Argentine domain names. All current registrants of ‘.ar’ domain names must update the data held for them in NIC Argentina's database by March 31 2010.

22 March 2010

'.co' extension is launched

The new Colombian domain name registry, .CO Internet SAS, has liberalized the extensions '' and '', which, previously, were open only to Colombian entities. This liberalization was implemented in view of the launch of domain name registrations directly under the top-level domain '.co', which took place on March 1 2010.