Trademark Clearinghouse: 1,181 Marks Have Already Expired & 848 Marks Are Not Verified

TMCH We have not even reached the first year anniversary of the first New gTLD and marks are already expiring at the TMCH.

So far 33,902 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 18th of November 2014.

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ICANN Amends UDRP Rules To Reduce Risk Of Domain Name Cyberflight

icannICANN announced the implementation of amended rules for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). These 7 amendments to the UDRP rules were designed to reduce the risk of cyberflight during a UDRP proceeding.

One important amendment for Respondents is that they may request an additional four (4) calendar days to respond to a complaint and UDRP providers will automatically grant the extension, if requested.

These new requirements will take effect and will be enforced by ICANN as of Continue reading

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver To 4 European Registrars

icannICANN granted data retention waivers to 4 European registrars:

  1. GANDI SAS (France)
  2. IP Twins SAS (France)
  3. CPS-Datensysteme GmbH (Germany)
  4. Hostserver GmbH(Germany)

The 4 registrars submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request Continue reading

Nominet’s Domain Dispute Resolution Service Passes 10,000th Case

nominetAston Merrygold, former member of boyband JLS, has been awarded the domain name astonmerrygold.co.uk following a complaint to Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). The decision marks the 10,000th domain dispute to pass through the DRS since it was established over 12 years ago.

The decision to award Mr. Merrygold the domain was made by independent legal expert Dr. Clive Trotman from Nominet’s DRS panel. The original registrant of the domain first registered it the day after Continue reading

Meet The Attorney That Represents Attorneys In UDRPs

icannWebsite attorney Steven Rinehart recently won several new UDRP domain name disputes involving common law trademarks. Rinehart issued a press release about successfully establishing common law trademarks rights for two attorneys who were the target of libelous criticism websites (e.g. gripe sites), those domain names being <kendrickmoxon.com>, a California attorney; and <jonahhunt.com>, a Denver attorney.

Rinehart represents clients, with a few attorneys amongst them, in domain name disputes involving Continue reading

83% Of Lawyers Not Eager To Get .Lawyer Or .Attorney Domains

newgtldHere are the results of the latest Law Times online poll.

According to the poll, the majority of respondents aren’t too eager to register a .lawyer or a .attorney domain name for their websites.

83% of poll respondents said a domain name with the word “lawyer” on the right side of the dot is Continue reading

How To Check If Any Of Your Domains Have Been Stolen From Moniker

monikerYesterday Moniker send emails to all its users with new passwords and asked them to change the passwords immediately. It was later reported that this was done after a massive hacking that resulted in many valuable domain names being stolen from various Moniker accounts.

First of all I must say that I can’t believe that no one at Moniker noticed that a single IP logged into thousands of accounts. Is there anyone over at Moniker? This is a major flag that went unnoticed. This went on for 2 weeks that gave the thieves plenty of time to transfer out any domains the wanted.

Of course if you own a very small number of domains you can check whois and then check if the domain is in your Moniker account. But if you have thousands of domains it is not that easy.

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Dumbass Selling Lenovo.Solutions On eBay For $6 Million

noI just found out that a dumbass from Canada is selling the New gTLD domain name Lenovo.Solutions on eBay for $6 million dollars.

If you are not familiar with the Lenovo brand you can visit lenovo.com. I am sure they have a couple of trademarks or 10+ on the term “lenovo” in connection with computers, laptops, servers etc.

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Trademark Submissions At TMCH Are NOT Slowing Down: 32,993 Marks So Far

TMCH So far 32,993 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 16th of September 2014. The number of marks was 31,866 on the 28th of July. So the Trademark Clearinghouse added 1,127 trademarks in these past 50 days. (previous update had 950 TMs in 40 days) Trademark submissions are slowing down slightly but not as fast as I expected. And because the latest stats included August (a very slow month) trademark submissions may not be slowing down at all. There are a lot of latecomers.

There have been 111,855 notifications sent out to TM holders so far. This means Continue reading

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver To 5 German Registrars And Moniker

icannICANN granted data retention waivers to 5 German registrars and Moniker that is US based but is owned by the European group KeyDrive S.A.:

  1. Key-Systems, LLC
  2. Key-Systems, GmbH
  3. InterNetworX Ltd. & Co. KG
  4. http.net Internet GmbH
  5. AZ.PL, Inc
  6. Moniker Online Services LLC

Moniker’s technical backend services provider as well as data storage and collection occur on servers hosted and operated in Germany, and is subject to German law. Accordingly, ICANN has determined that it is appropriate to grant the Registrar a data retention waiver. Moniker does not appear to have signed the 2013 RAA yet. Continue reading