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22 March 2018

dotFM embraces emoji domain names

‘.fm’ is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register. dotFM has released a list of domain names for which it is inviting pre-launch "expressions of interest".

02 May 2018

Beijing IP Court's LIVINGSOCIAL decision: proving copyright ownership in trademark disputes

In opposition proceedings against the device mark LIVINGSOCIAL, the Beijing IP Court has held that, without compelling evidence that the mark was created independently, it infringed the prior copyright of LivingSocial.

01 February 2018

Brands unprepared for reputational damage of fake news and hate speech on digital ad platforms: report

Report reveals that few brands have taken adequate measures to prevent online ads appearing alongside potentially damaging content – including fake news.

25 January 2018

WIPO hits back after ICA sets its sights on UDRP providers and panellists

The Internet Commerce Association has published a document making a series of recommended reforms for the UDRP system, which WIPO claims “betrays a clear misunderstanding of the actual mechanics of impartial and efficient ADR case management”.

23 February 2018

The death knell for bulk domain enquiries? Rights holders voice concern as ICANN reveals proposed WHOIS model

Intellectual property experts have seized on gaps in ICANN's latest WHOIS model, claiming it could create significant roadblocks to effective enforcement efforts.

24 April 2018

Preparing for the next round of new gTLDs: ICANN insider reveals key issues brand owners need to be aware of

World Trademark Review sits down with Jeff Neuman, co-chair of ICANN’s Subsequent Procedures Working Group, to talk about the next new gTLDs application window .

24 October 2017

ICANN under pressure over GDPR preparations, as future of WHOIS is mired in uncertainty

ICANN has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system.

27 November 2017

Trading Standards versus Facebook: fakes on social media in the spotlight as issue rises up UK policy agenda

A report in the Sunday Times this weekend states that “the biggest investigation in Britain into fake goods on social media has identified tens of thousands of listings for counterfeit products on Facebook”.

13 September 2017

Amazon calls for end to ‘.amazon’ gTLD stand-off; demands prompt action to end dispute with governments

​​​​​​​Amazon has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to “immediately approve” its application for the ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain, noting that prompt action is necessary because “there is no sovereign right under international or national law to the name ‘Amazon”’, with an Independent  Review Process Panel having previously ruled that ICANN acted in a manner inconsistent with its bylaws when rejecting the company’s application. The move to end the stand-off over the string is one that all brands should monitor.

18 October 2017

German Federal Court rules on Google’s Image Search

The Federal Court of Justice has handed down a judgment of utmost importance for the exploitation of copyright on the Internet. The decision, which will become known and referred to under the name Thumbnail III, examined whether the display of preview images in search results constituted an act of making available a copyright work in the sense of the copyright law.

12 July 2017

‘.storage’ to be relaunched

The XYZ.com registry has announced that it has acquired ‘.storage’, its 10th new generic top-level domain (gTLD). XYZ.com already operates ‘.xyz’, the largest new gTLD, and eight others, which it has acquired subsequently through a joint venture with Uniregistry.

06 April 2017

‘.feedback’ fires salvo over PICDRP complaint; threatens to “de-accredit” MarkMonitor as a registrar

Three weeks after being found in breach of its ICANN compliance obligations as a result of a public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure (PICDRP) complaint, Jay Westerdal, CEO of ‘.feedback’, has fired back at MarkMonitor, one of the parties to the PICDRP. In a letter obtained by World Trademark Review, he alleges that the PICDRP disclosed confidential information and gives MarkMonitor 30 days to cure that breach or face being de-accredited as a registrar for the string.