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February 23, 2019 10:30

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Claims UDRP has cost over $360 million so far

Trademark owners have splashed out over $360 million on UDRP cases over the 20 years the policy has been active, according to an intellectual property trade group. Marques, a European body representing trademark owners, reckons $360 million is a “conservative” estimate. It reached the figure by multiplying the number of UDRP complaints filed to the […]

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Court rules generic dictionary domains CAN be trademarked

A US appeals court has ruled that generic, dictionary domain names can be trademarked. The hotel-booking web site Booking.com was told last week that it is in fact eligible to have “Booking.com” registered as a trademark, over the objections of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The ruling could have a chilling effect on domain […]

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After ICANN knockback, Amazon countries agree to .amazon talks

Talks that could lead to Amazon finally getting its long-sought .amazon gTLD are back on, after a dispute between ICANN and eight South American governments. The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization last week invited ICANN CEO Goran Marby to meet ACTO members in Brasilia, any day next week. It’s not clear whether Amazon representatives have also […]

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ICANN creates female-heavy anti-harassment team

ICANN’s board of directors has created a new team to look at issues of harassment in the community. The new Board Working Group on Anti-Harassment has eight members, six of whom are women. In fact, all six female members of the board, including non-voting liaisons, have been appointed to the group. The members are Becky […]

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ICANN chief gets $100k bonus

ICANN CEO Goran Marby has been awarded almost $100,000 of his annual bonus. The ICANN board of directors last week voted to approve the first half of his fiscal year 2019 “at risk compensation”, what ICANN calls the discretionary, performance-driven part of its executive compensation packages. Marby’s salary is $653,846.17 per annum, and the at-risk […]

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ICANN puts deadline on .amazon talks

ICANN’s board of directors has voted to put a March deadline on talks over the future of the .amazon gTLD. Late last week, the board formally resolved to “make a decision” on .amazon at ICANN 64, which runs in Kobe, Japan from March 9 to March 14. It would only do so if Amazon the […]

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Crunch Whois privacy talks kick off

ICANN volunteers are meeting this week to attempt to finalize their recommendations on the future of Whois privacy. Most members of the Expedited Policy Development Process working group have gathered in Toronto for three days of talks on what will likely become, in May this year, new contractually binding ICANN policy. Discussions are kicking off […]

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How new gTLD auctions could kill gaming for good

Ever heard of a Vickrey auction? Me neither, but there’s a good possibility that it could become the way most new gTLD fights get resolved in future. It’s one of several methods being proposed to help eliminate gaming in the next new gTLD application round that have received some support in a recently closed round […]

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.amazon domain isn’t a slam dunk after all

Amazon’s application for the .amazon dot-brand may not be as secure as it was thought, following an ICANN decision over the Christmas period. Directors threw out a South American government demand for it to un-approve the .amazon bid, but clarified that ICANN has not yet made a “final decision” to allow the gTLD to go […]

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ICANN probing Donuts and Tucows over anti-Jewish web site

ICANN is investigating Tucows and Donuts over a web site that hosts antisemitic, white supremacist content. CEO Goran Marby said in a letter published this week that he has referred a complaint about the web site judas.watch to ICANN’s Compliance department. The web site in question says it is dedicated to documenting “anti-White traitors, agitators […]

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