Brand Protection .Sucks

sucksBrand protection agencies/registrars are having a blast with the new .sucks extension. They have the freedom to spend their client's brand protection budget and they spend it as fast as they can. They spent almost $3,000,000 USD in one day buying .sucks domains in sunrise and general availability.

This is a budget they have convinced their clients to increase because of the Continue reading

UDRP Panelist: “Panels Don’t Look Kindly Upon Re-filed Complaints That Blame UDRP Panels For Their Own Ineptitude”

icannThe Hon. Neil Brown QC, a very well known UDRP panelist, wrote an article on his personal blog about "Re-Filing of a UDRP Complaint". He is commenting on a recent decision:
Reliance Telecom Limited v Domains By Proxy, LLC, Sukhraj Randhawa, WIPO Case No. D2014-0947, Disputed domain name: <reliancegroup.com>,September 11, 2014.

Here are some interesting comments he made: Continue reading

2,634 UDRPs Filed With WIPO In 2014 – Philip Morris Filed 81 Cases (+Infographic)

wipoSince the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center administered the first Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) case in 1999, total WIPO case filings have passed the 30,000 mark, encompassing over 58,000 domain names.

In 2014, cybersquatting case filings with WIPO increased by Continue reading

Trademark Clearinghouse: 2,229 Marks Have Expired – Unverified Marks Increase!

TMCH We are past the first year anniversary of the first New gTLDs and already 2,229 marks have expired at the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

So far 35,131 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 17th of March 2015.

A lot of marks were submitted to the TMCH in advance of the New gTLD launches to cover Continue reading

I Just Lost ini.gr To PepsiCo Greece Because Someone Decided That It Is Similar To ivi.gr

grIn what seems to be one of the worst decisions in domain name history I just lost the domain name ini.gr (INI.gr) to PepsiCo Greece. PepsiCo wanted to register ivi.gr (IVI.gr) but couldn't because I had registered the domain name ini.gr before.

Why couldn't PepsiCo register ivi.gr you might ask. The domain ivi.gr was not registered but it was not available either. It was reserved for me to register if I ever wanted it as it is considered a confusingly similar written domain name to my ini.gr.

This is because of some crazy .gr rule that mandates that Continue reading

A Domain Name Lesson Not Learned

gtldsSome people have made up their mind and don't want to listen to anyone.

I was in a session at NamesCon where people from the audience were asking for domain name appraisals. People were saying what domain names their owned when this lady (I don't know her name and even if I did I wouldn't post it) shouted her domain name. Everybody went ooooohhh, because the ccTLD domain name she owns is the name of the very big international company. The domain name can't be considered a trademark infringement per se but it all depends on usage. Continue reading

“You are a Victim of Domain Name Theft. Now What?”

revision_legalfrom Revision Legal published a blog post called "You are a Victim of Domain Name Theft. Now What?".

Here are a few tips suggested by Eric to help you deal with domain name theft: Continue reading

Trademark Clearinghouse: 1,626 Marks Have Expired While Submissions Are Slowing Down

TMCH We are now reaching the first year anniversary of the first New gTLDs and already 1,626 marks have expired at the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

So far 34,400 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 22nd of January 2015.

A lot of marks were submitted to the TMCH in advance of the New gTLD launches to cover Continue reading

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