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28 May 2019

Governments hit back over ICANN’s ‘.amazon’ TLD resolution as near-decade battle nears end

The presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have hit out at ICANN’s recent resolution to proceed with Amazon’s application for the ‘.amazon’ TLD. The move keeps the dispute firmly within the policy realm as the seven-year battle moves to resolution.

28 May 2019

‘matzoball.com’ decision: UDRP complainants should make full disclosure of key facts

In a recent decision under the UDRP, the panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘matzoball.com’, notably taking into account the parties’ longstanding prior disputes over the name and mark reflected in the domain name.

28 May 2019

Why complaints that new gTLD pricing ‘.sucks’ may have been over the top

A recent academic study exploring the need for updated regulation governing domain names in the United States has suggested that, with many brand owners adopting a laid back, wait-and-see approach to registrations, initial complaints surrounding the high costs of the ‘.sucks’ domain name may have been overblown.

23 May 2019

UDRP cases where domain name was registered with complainant's consent will usually fail

A UDRP panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘bialettiusa.com’ because the complainant failed to demonstrate that the respondent, a former distributor of the complainant’s products, had registered the domain name in bad faith.

22 May 2019

“Consolidation is powerful” – no slowdown in takeovers expected in IP service providers sector

The non-legal trademark services industry has been the focus of increased investment and M&A activity in recent years. WTR spoke to a number of major players to ask whether they expected consolidation or collaboration to be the norm in future.

21 May 2019

INTA 2021 speculation, blockchain TLDs, ‘.sucks' new approach, and brand protection the Amazon way: INTA 2019 day three report

We’re over the halfway mark of the INTA Annual Meeting and the WTR editorial team have been running between sessions, meetings and receptions to bring you the latest stories and insights.

20 May 2019

Brand protection on TikTok: what rights holders need to know about the fast-growing social media platform

Chinese social network TikTok is growing rapidly, with over 1 billion downloads in the past 12 months. For rights holders, it is a platform that needs to be on the radar, with research from WTR finding issues that brand owners should be aware of.

13 May 2019

Protecting your brand in the depths of the dark web

One of the main challenges in online brand protection is the fact that the threats come from multiple locations. But one area that is of particular concern to brands is the dark web.

10 May 2019

Scotch Whisky in Korea, Pakistan IPO tackles fakes, and Samsung domain: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at applications rising at the Philippines IP Office, a perfume trademark battle, a debate over whether the Wikipedia brand has been tarnished by WikiLeaks, and much more.

07 May 2019

‘.club’ TLD launches new trademark protection offering – with some major caveats

The registry operator of the ‘.club’ TLD has launched a service designed to offer qualified brands and trademark owners “comprehensive” protection in the namespace. However, there are significant caveats and restrictions.

07 May 2019

E-sports influencers, first GI registration in Cambodia, and ICANN phishing campaign: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a study on fakes being sold around Mother’s Day, CompuMark and WebTMS partnering up, Louis Vuitton seeking legal action against a Chinese entity, and much more.

26 April 2019

Nike ticking all the right boxes, as activewear industry sees growth in new-age brands

The sportswear industry has expanded to include a growing consumer base of casual gym-goers, which has presented an opportunity for budding businesses as well as big name brands.

25 April 2019

The limits of "rights" in a personal name and the boundaries of the UDRP

A recent decision under the UDRP concerning the domain name ‘eladeden.com’ illustrates the limits of “rights” in a personal name, which do not constitute trademark rights per se, as well as the boundaries of the UDRP, which is intended to deal with clear-cut cases of cybersquatting.

19 April 2019

‘.inc’ TLD prepares for general availability with high price point, as details emerge of brand registrations

The ‘.inc’ new gTLD is currently in sunrise with a $2,499 annual retail price, a price point that may deter cybersquatters, but a number of large brands – including Apple, BMW, Google and Marriott – have moved to protect brand-related terms.

18 April 2019

<em>Alma Capital</em> decision reflects nuanced approach to UDRP

In a recent decision under the UDRP, the panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name consisting of the complainant's registered trademark in its entirety as the leading element of the disputed domain name.