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October 16, 2018 01:58

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UDRP has its limits when it comes to taking down counterfeit websites

Even if the domain owner is doing a bad thing, UDRP can only be used if all three prongs of the policy are met. This website looks like that of Zimmermann, even showing a picture of one of its storefronts. It’s a fake, but UDRP isn’t the appropriate way to take it down. The Uniform […]

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Com Laude acquires Scottish rival

Brand protection registrar Com Laude has picked up smaller competitor Demys for an undisclosed sum. Demys, based in Edinburgh, is an ICANN-accredited registrar that specializes in the UK automotive, retail/leisure, media and consumer goods sectors. It also acts as the registry manager and exclusive registrar for .bentley, the lightly-used dot-brand of luxury car-maker Bentley Motors. […]

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ICANN surveys domain registrants about trademark claims notices

Survey is well-intentioned but is unlikely to provide good data. ICANN is requesting feedback from domain name registrants about trademark claims notices from the Trademark Clearinghouse. Domain name investors that registered new top level domain names are probably familiar with these notices. When you try to register a domain that matches a trademark in the […]

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Is the new Whois policy group already doomed to fail?

ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization has set itself extremely aggressive, some might say impossible, targets for its emergency Whois policy work. The GNSO Council on Thursday approved the charter for a new working group that will attempt to come up with a consensus policy for how to amend the Whois system in light of the […]

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iyzi does it : Aged #LLLL .com domain hit with a #UDRP

The domain iyzi.com was registered in 2005, but 13 years later, İyzi Ödeme ve Elektronik Para Hizmetleri A.Ş. of Istanbul, Turkey, filed a UDRP to grab it. The reasoning behind the Complainant’s filing? A trademark for IYZI in Turkey, registered in 2018, based on a 2017 application. Apparently, “Iyzi” is the Turkish pronunciation of the […]

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EnCirca partners with PandoraBots to push .bot names to brands

Specialist registrar EnCirca has partnered with bot development framework vendor PandoraBots to market .bot domains at big brands. The two companies are pushing their wares jointly at this week’s International Trademark Association annual meeting in Seattle. In a press release, the companies said that PandoraBots is offering bot-creation “starter kits” for brand owners that tie […]

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Donuts invests in Cognate, a blockchain-trademark company

Cognate uses blockchain tech to record proof-of-use of trademarks. Donuts.Ventures, the investing arm of new top level domain name registry Donuts, has invested in Cognate. Cognate uses blockchain technology to record proof-of-use of trademarks. I interviewed Cognate founder Bennett Collen on DNW Podcast #137. At the time, the business was based on saving records to […]

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Have your say on single-character .com domains

ICANN wants your opinion on its plan to allow Verisign to auction off o.com, with a potential impact on the future release of other single-character .com domain names. The organization has published a proposed amendment to the .com registry contract and opened it for public comment. The changes would enable Verisign to sell o.com, while […]

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Nominet to charge brands for no-name Whois access

Nominet has become the second major registry to announce that trademark lawyers will have to pay for Whois after the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect next month. The company said late last week that it will offer the intellectual property community two tiers of Whois access. First, they can pay for a […]

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CoCCA to charge trademark owners for Whois access

CoCCA has become the first domain registry to publicly announce that it will charge trademark owners for access to Whois records. The company said it plans to release an updated version of its software and registry service, containing a range of features for ensuring General Data Protection Regulation compliance, on April 20. The public Whois […]

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