June 13, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight
ICANN published the list of applied-for gTLD character strings today. Here is the list. Take a look to see who has applied. There are many applications for .BRANDS, like .AMERICANEXPRESS, .MACYS, and .LEGO.
June 12, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight
Last year, the Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for the coordination of the global Internet domain name system, announced a plan to bring sweeping changes to the Internet’s generic top level domain (gTLD) structure.
June 9, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight
Do you "google?" That is the essence of the question before the Federal District Court in Arizona in a Complaint filed on May 21, 2012 by David Elliott against Internet search engine giant Google, Inc. In Elliot v Google, Inc., CV-12-1072-PHX-MHB, Elliot claims that Google’s once distinctive mark GOOGLE® has become generic and lacks trademark significance due to its common use as a transitive verb.
June 4, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight
As part of its plan to dramatically expand the Internet's infrastructure beyond .com (and other pre-existing generic top level domains (gTLDs)), ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, promised brand owners that a variety of additional trademark protection mechanisms would be put in place.
May 29, 2012 | Blog | By Jamison Arterton
As promised, ICANN reopened the TLD Application System (“TAS”) on May 22, 2012. Registered users are now able to log in and complete their applications. ICANN has indicated that the system will remain open until 23:59 GMT/UTC on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
May 16, 2012 | Blog | By Jamison Arterton
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 | By Jamison Arterton
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.
May 1, 2012 | Blog | By Geri Haight
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 | By Jamison Arterton
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Joseph DiCioccio
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 | By Jamison Arterton
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Jamison Arterton
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Geri Haight
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 | By Geri Haight
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.
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