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Cybersquatting, domain UDRPs at the WIPO and gTLDs in 2016

The trademark-friendly folks at the WIPO released data a few days ago, regarding the record number of UDRP cases examined in 2016. That report, assesses data presenting the following picture: Trademark owners filed “an all-time record” 3,036 UDRP cases with the WIPO, a 10% increase over 2015. Top TLD was .COM, involving 3,135 domain names […]

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MarkMonitor: Predatory pricing by the gTLD Registries has to stop

The VP of domain product marketing for MarkMonitor, a company that assists companies with brand protection, raised an interesting subject: predatory pricing by the gTLD Registries. Elisa Cooper is urging brand owners to appeal to ICANN, so that the hefty bill paid during Sunrise registrations is lowered substantially. According to the current modus operandi, gTLD […]

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IBM takes the .Buzz domain via UDRP

Despite the new URS process that allows for trademark holders, particularly those of famous marks, to disable an offending gTLD domain, IBM took the UDRP route. In a case filed at the WIPO against the domain IBM.buzz, the Complainant was International Business Machines Corporation. The UDRP was filed 4 months after the domain IBM.buzz was […]

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Trademark violations: New gTLDs undermine ICANN effort

The launch of hundreds of new gTLDs over the course of this and coming years, has been a challenge. Facing resistance from old school domain investors and other skeptics, the ICANN program evaded several obstacles in the year preceding its launch. While there are rules in place, and even methods to protect trademarks, there is […]

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