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August 24, 2019 22:38

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#ABSA insurance : South African company fails to get #domain from Argentinian registrant via #UDRP

Two companies using the initials “ABSA” in their respective names, hold trademarks – albeit, in different countries. Who gets the domain? The question was raised when ABSA Group Limited of Gauteng, Republic of South Africa, fired up its lawyers to gain control of the domain name absainsurance.com. The Respondent in this UDRP is Alejandro Angel […]

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Karklins beats LaHatte to chair ICANN’s Whois privacy team

Latvian diplomat and former senior WIPO member Janis Karklins has been appointed chair of the ICANN working group that will decide whether to start making private Whois records available to trademark owners. Karklins’ appointment was approved by the GNSO Council last week. He beat a single rival applicant, New Zealand’s Chris LaHatte, the former ICANN […]

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Italian bank is the latest dot-brand to bow out

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Italy’s sixth-largest bank, has become the latest new gTLD owner to tell ICANN it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand. It’s the 47th new gTLD to request termination of its registry contract. The affected TLD is .bnl. ICANN has already decided not to transition the contract to a new owner, […]

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#Losango .com : A #domain registered in 1999 gone via the #UDRP process

Imagine registering a domain in 1999, and 20 years later a company steps in to claim rights arising from a 1982 trademark. Right? In the case of Losango.com, a domain that’s 20 years old, Banco Losango S.A. – Banco Múltiplo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, fired up its lawyers and got its booty via 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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#CloudInsure .com : #Domain was registered before the #trademark; UDRP included a chronology of events

UDRP cases that involve a claimed registered trademark usually emphasize the mark’s fame at the time the domain was registered. In cases where the domain’s registration predates that of the mark, it’s a good idea to outline the chronology of events. The decision for the UDRP case on CloudInsure.com incorporates such a chronology, whether it […]

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Uniregistry working on bulk trademark blocking service

Uniregistry is planning to launch a bulk trademark block service, along the same lines as Donuts’ Domain Protected Marks List. But it’s going to be roughly 50% more expensive than DPML, on a per-TLD basis. The company has applied to ICANN to run what it calls “Uni EP” across its whole portfolio of 26 gTLDs. […]

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#BiggerHammer .com : A 2014 #trademark ruled over a 2003 #domain name!

The domain BiggerHammer.com was registered in 2003, and in 2018 a company used a trademark registered in 2014 to take it from its registrant. Complainant is B.H.P.S. Corp. dba “Bigger Hammer” that asserted trademark rights in BIGGER HAMMER and alleged that the disputed domain name is identical to its trademark. The domain name was parked and […]

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This is how AppDetex works

A small brand-protection registrar with a big friend caused quite a stir at ICANN 63 here in Barcelona this week, after accusing registrars for the second time of shirking their duties to disclose private Whois data to trademark owners. AppDetex, which has close ties to Facebook, has sent something like 9,000 Whois requests to registrars […]

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Amazon offered $5 million of free Kindles for .amazon gTLD

Amazon offered South American governments $5 million worth of free Kindles, content and cloud services in exchange for their endorsement of its .amazon gTLD application, it has emerged. The proposal, made in February, also included an offer of four years of free hosting up to a value of $1 million. The sweeteners came during negotiations […]

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