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18 February 2020

Complainant's hopes for winning the UDRP are sleeping with the fishes

A WIPO panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘’ under the UDRP, finding that the dispute was in fact a complex trademark matter better resolved in a different forum.

18 February 2020

Micro-influencers, Twitch brand challenges, and an IP marathon – INTA 2020 Europe day one observations

This week, the INTA is hosting its annual European Conference in Madrid, Spain. WTR is on the ground and we present key learnings and insights from the first day of the event.

14 February 2020

Corsearch to launch unified brand protection service: exclusive interview

Corsearch acquired its second brand protection firm last month in a bid to cement its place in the market. WTR sat down with the CEOs of Pointer Brand Protection and Yellow Brand Protection to discuss the company’s plans.

13 February 2020

‘.gay’ comes out

The launch of ‘.gay’, initially scheduled for October 2019 but postponed, is kicking off with two sunrise periods for trademark holders commencing this month and running until 6 May 2020.

11 February 2020

Efforts to formulate a post-GDPR domain data access model move a step forward

ICANN has opened a public comment window seeking input on recommendations related to future access to domain registration data. One industry expert has welcomed the publication of the report, but warns “there is still much to be done”.

03 February 2020

Corona beer or Coronavirus? How a brand should handle potentially damaging mix-ups

While there is cause for alarm in many industries whenever a potential new pandemic arrives, one company has found itself in the spotlight for a different reason following the coronavirus outbreak – the Corona beer brand.

27 January 2020

Do better or face the consequences: Homeland Security sends counterfeits warning to e-commerce platforms

The Department of Homeland Security has issued its long-awaited report into fake goods. The report offers a range of best practices that e-commerce platforms should implement – and threatens action should they fail to do so.

21 January 2020

Weeded out of scope: UDRP designed to address specific cybersquatting issues

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘’ serves as a reminder that complex disputes, such as those between parties with current or past business relationships, generally fall outside of the UDRP’s scope.

15 January 2020

UDRP: the importance of full disclosure

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘’ illustrates the importance of disclosing any relationship between the parties and mentioning any ongoing litigation.

13 January 2020

Dell successful in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names

Dell has recently prevailed in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names consisting of its DELL trademark and a generic word.

07 January 2020

When ‘Nova Tela’ is as common as telenovelas

A recent UDRP decision concerning the domain name ‘’ illustrates the challenges in establishing an absence of legitimate interest when domain name resellers register domain names consisting of common and widely used terms. 

07 January 2020

TikTok transparency report reveals positive data for IP owners

Chinese video-sharing social platform TikTok has released its first legal transparency report, revealing that it removes content for IP infringement at a higher rate than Facebook.

03 January 2020

Amazon TLDs set for delegation after seven-year battle

Despite years of opposition from South American countries, ICANN has now signed the Registry Agreements and Specification 13 Amendments for the e-commerce giant's '.brand' applications. '.amazon' and its Chinese and Japanese equivalent strings may be delegated imminently.

02 January 2020

#FairUse? Third-party trademarks in social media hashtags

European and US case law suggests that there are very few situations in which use of a third party’s trademark in a hashtag is permissible. As a result, those looking to advertise on social media need to be aware of the strict rules that apply.

02 January 2020

The new model – how the traditional law firm model is evolving

As client demands evolve and change, so too do law firm models. From virtual practices to digital packages and subscription services, the options are myriad. But which will stand the test of time and which best suit client needs?