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Registrant of ‘.ru’ and ‘.io’ domain names denied transfer of identical ‘.com’

Having matching domain names under different extensions will not automatically allow a complainant to claim rights to similar domain names under the UDRP.

11 February 2022

More suspicious low-cost trademark filing platforms discovered after USPTO fraud crackdown

The websites “follow a similar pattern to entities already disciplined by the USPTO”, says one expert, and should be on the radar of brand owners.

08 February 2022

M&S and Aldi end caterpillar war; stylised .SUCKS registration denied; TPAC chair on new role – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at lessons from a brand with a well-loved logo, Peanuts eyeing the Indian market, the Pakistan IP office signing an e-payment agreement, and much more.

04 February 2022

A system for WHOIS data access is a long way off, could be expensive for users and may still stall

ICANN’s operational design assessment of the SSAD recommendations makes for grim reading for brand protection professionals, with the proposed system to facilitate WHOIS data access set to be years in the making – if it is delivered at all.

29 January 2022

Turkish country-code domain name system on the eve of a new era

While the new dispute resolution mechanism is a positive change, it is expected that the number of disputes will increase due to the use of the ‘first-come, first-served’ principle to allocate domain names.

28 January 2022

Reverse domain name hijacking for overlooking UDRP’s key principles

Any clear disregard of the elements required under Paragraph 4(a) of the UDRP can lead to a finding of reverse domain name hijacking, especially if the complainant is represented by legal counsel.

26 January 2022

OpenSea: how trademark infringement is rampant on the biggest NFT marketplace

A WTR investigation uncovers numerous instances of brand names and imagery being sold on the NFT marketplace OpenSea, including one fashion brand's logo on sale for over $3 million.

20 January 2022

UDRP complainant left feeling blue in ‘’ case

A panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘’ to Brazilian record label Azul Music, finding, among other things, that the respondent did not target any particular trademark when it listed the domain name for sale on its platform.

19 January 2022

$107 million-a-year ticketing system: ICANN presents initial SSAD projections

ICANN presented the Governmental Advisory Committee with a briefing on the estimated costs and fees associated with the proposed System for Standardised Access/Disclosure last week. The session highlighted ICANN’s uncertainty over likely use levels, resulting in wide-ranging cost predictions and questions over whether the system will be built in its currently proposed form.

17 January 2022

Evidence of targeting is not merely a plus

A UDRP panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘’ to the owner of the mark SOHOPLUS - not least because the domain name was registered several years before the complainant’s first use of the term.

12 January 2022

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