May 16, 2012| Blog
As previously posted, ICANN's TLD application system ("TAS") has been plagued by a "technical glitch " that has caused the online application system for new generic top level domains (gTLDs) to be taken offline in order to protect the confidential information of the applicants.
May 11, 2012| Blog
As ICANN struggles to get its application system back online, companies have begun lining up to make a profit off of the peculiarities of the application process itself.
The much anticipated "Reveal Day" -- so dubbed by ICANN itself -- has now come and gone without fanfare. May 1st was to be the day when ICANN was scheduled to publish the list of all applied-for new generic top level domains (gTLDs) as part of the roll-out of the new Internet era.
April 26, 2012| Blog
ICANN has temporarily taken the TAS application system for new generic top level domains (gTLDs) offline due to a “technical glitch.” According to ICANN, a technical problem allowed a limited number of users to view other users' file names and user names.
April 10, 2012| Blog
On Monday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the district court's decision ending Rosetta Stone's trademark infringement case against Google.
April 8, 2012| Blog
The Second Circuit has vacated District Court (S.D.N.Y.) Judge Louis L. Stanton’s June 2010 dismissal of Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement suit against YouTube.
April 5, 2012| Blog
On March 29, 2012, the user registration window closed for anyone planning to apply for a new generic top level domain (gTLD). Applicants who registered prior to March 29, 2012, however, still have until April 12, 2012 to complete their application.
March 26, 2012| Blog
Pinterest, the latest social media craze, announced on Friday night in an email to users that it intended to make certain changes to its Terms Of Service. The changes will not go into effect until April 6, 2012.
Applying for a New gTLD? Registration Deadline of March 29, 2012 Approaches As Cybersquatting Continues To Rise.
March 19, 2012| Blog
Time is running out to apply for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) new program to dramatically expand the number of generic top-level domain names (gTLDs).
March 14, 2012| Blog
Thanks to DuetsBlog for providing an update on the EAT MOR CHIKIN v. EAT MORE KALE dispute that was the subject of our prior post.
March 1, 2012| Blog
National Public Radio had a story yesterday on politicians' use (or misuse) of music at campaign events. It sets forth three seemingly simple rules for politicians to follow in order to avoid copyright and/or trademark based claims arising from such use: (1) know your venue; (2) know when to ask for permission; and (3) "know when to fold'em."
February 29, 2012| Blog
ICANN has recently appointed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to be the exclusive provider of dispute resolution services when a third party files a formal "Legal Rights Objection" or "LRO" to a pending application under the new gTLD program.
February 27, 2012| Blog
The Wall Street Journal had a piece recently about how the recipients of trademark infringement cease and desist letters are increasingly using "online shame" to gain leverage in disputes with trademark owners. As "trademark bullying" is a hot topic among trademark lawyers and in the press, this article picks up on that theme.
February 22, 2012| Blog
The New York Times had an interesting article about the ongoing dispute between Princeton Vanguard and Frito-Lay over Princeton Vanguard's attempts to obtain a federal trademark registration for the mark PRETZEL CRISPS.
February 16, 2012| Blog
On the heels of recent attempts to trademark a celebrity baby name comes the story of an attempt to obtain trademark protection for the name of a sports celebrity. Well, a variation of a sport celebrity's name.
February 13, 2012| Blog
Last week, during a special meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors, the ICANN Board approved a resolution that contained a "reaffirmation" that ICANN will open a second application window for the gTLD program "as expeditiously as possible."
February 7, 2012| Blog
Trademark owners, mark your calendars. ICANN announced that Tuesday, May 1, 2012 will be "reveal day." On May 1st, ICANN will publicly post the gTLD character strings that have been applied for in connection with its new gTLD program.
February 6, 2012| Blog
Since the birth last month of their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are no doubt experiencing the typical joys of first-time parenthood. Those first looks, smiles and coos.
January 31, 2012| Blog
Our colleagues at Mintz Levin’s Employment Matters blog recently posted an interesting piece about a dispute regarding ownership of a Twitter account. The dispute arose from an employer/employee relationship, but serves as an important reminder about protecting your brand on social media sites.
January 30, 2012| Blog
This Republican primary season has provided lots of fodder for political blogs, but it has also provided a few gems relating to -- what else -- trademark issues. Now, U.S. copyright law is in the spotlight of the Republican primary campaign.
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