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The latest on new gTLDs

.STORAGE to be relaunched The XYZ.com Registry announced earlier this month that it had acquired .STORAGE, its tenth new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).  XYZ.com already operates .XYZ, the largest new gTLD with just under 6 million registered domain names (which represents 22% of all registered new gTLDs), and eight others which it acquired afterwards:

New generic Top Level Domains for China

The China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently awarded licenses to a number of legacy and new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) allowing them to be sold and operated within China.  This is in line with a continuing trend towards greater openness to the domain name world on the part of China.

WIPO: Cybersquatting reaches all-time high with the introduction of new gTLDs

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency based in Geneva that administers the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), issued a press release last month revealing that cybersquatting cases reached an all-time high in 2016, with 3,036 cases filed (as compared with 2,754 cases filed in 2015), representing a 10% increase over

Judge gives .AFRICA the green light to proceed

As previously reported here, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been sued by the disgruntled new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applicant, DotConnectAfrica, in order to prevent the delegation of the new gTLD .AFRICA.  DotConnectAfrica alleged that a rival application for .AFRICA, which was filed by ZA Central Registry (ZACR), was

France: No requirement for a domain name to be distinctive in unfair competition claims

In a decision of 6 December 2016, the French Supreme Court of the Judiciary (“Cour de Cassation”) provided a very useful clarification in relation to unfair competition claim (“concurrence déloyale”, a tortious action) based on domain names. The Cour de Cassation stressed that neither the distinctiveness nor the originality of a domain name were a

UK: Nominet domain name take downs on the up

Nominet, the Registry responsible for running the .UK domain name space, has recently published a report on the number of domain names it has suspended further to requests from law enforcement agencies.  The figures show that during the 12 month period from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016, over 8,000 domain names were suspended. 

WIPO: Complainant files UDRP to protect its brand(y)

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a cognac producer successfully obtained the transfer of 10 domain names reproducing its brand under the .TOP and .VIP new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). The .TOP gTLD is one of the many gTLDs recently

gTLDs: Negative feedback for controversial “free speech” TLD

The controversial generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) .FEEDBACK was launched in late 2015 by the Registry Operator Top Level Spectrum, Inc. (TLS).  Promoted as the online destination for Internet users to find websites that are “geared towards free speech and giving reviews”, the .FEEDBACK gTLD made multiple changes to its registration policies during its launch

Business critical and valuable domain names – French government stresses importance of Registry lock

The French National Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI – Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information) has recently launched an information campaign to heighten public awareness about the dangers of attacks on domain names and the importance of activating the Registry Lock on all sensitive domain names. Domain name holders are generally aware that they can

Bye Bye Internet – a brief look at the historic transition that just happened this weekend

Midnight 1 October 2016 was a historic moment in the history of the Internet with ICANN, a non-profit organization, finally taking control of the global domain name system (DNS). The U.S. government’s contract to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions (the IANA contract) has expired. Whilst the U.S. certainly invented the underlying technology

The URS: cheap, fast but not necessarily easy

This week in IP Enforcement Focus, we cover the URS Procedure, more fully known as the Uniform Rapid Suspension System – a rights protection mechanism aimed at tackling clear cases of cybersquatting in the new generic top-level domain space (new gTLD). Designed to complement the UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) it is faster and

France: New ADR procedure for .FR domain names

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Association française pour le nommage Internet en coopération (AFNIC), the Registry for the .FR country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), recently announced the launch of a new alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedure to resolve domain name disputes under the .FR ccTLD.  This ADR procedure, which became available on

ICANN sticks two characters up for countries

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released a document called “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes”.  Under the measures proposed in this document, governments and independent country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) operators would be given the first option on a list of

Another blow for ICANN in .AFRICA

As reported in our earlier post, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been sued by the disgruntled new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applicant, DotConnectAfrica, in order to prevent the delegation of the new gTLD .AFRICA.  DotConnectAfrica alleged that a rival application for .AFRICA which was filed by ZA Central Registry

WIPO: UDRP is a good egg

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a three-member Panel refused to order the transfer of a domain name that exactly matched the Complainant’s trade mark because the Complainant failed to prove bad faith registration and use, given the domain name’s plausible

US Government slams Chinese domain name rules

As reported in the April 2016 issue of Anchovy News, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a draft of new rules concerning the regulation of the domain name system in China.  The proposed new policy contained a provision under Article 37 that any domain name (regardless of what TLD it is

ICANN sued by gTLD applicant

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been sued by the disgruntled new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applicant, DotConnectAfrica, in order to prevent the delegation of the new gTLD .AFRICA.  This is in spite of the fact that all new gTLD applicants effectively signed away the right to sue ICANN over

ICANN sets course for change of Internet stewardship

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took another step towards a tectonic shift in Internet governance at its 55th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in March.  Extensive discussions with the global Internet community spanning a period of two years culminated at the meeting in a plan under which the U.S. government will pass

WIPO – UDRP: Monumental win for Moncler

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a luxury fashion sportswear company obtained the transfer of 50 domain names incorporating its trade mark, which were being used to point to websites either offering counterfeit products for sale or containing pay-per-click links to

UK: Nominet gets tough on cybercrime

Nominet recently released an annual report that, on the one hand, shows a decrease in the number of suspensions of domain names containing banned words and on the other hand, an increase in the number of take downs due to criminal activity such as intellectual property infringement and fraud.  Nominet implemented its policy concerning offensive names

The dragon rises… but mainly in the officially-approved TLDs

China’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), .CN, has recently edged ahead of Germany’s .DE to become the second most registered TLD in the world, whilst other Chinese-run (and Chinese government approved) TLDs, such as .TOP and .WANG are seeing explosive growth.  Brand owners should thus be vigilant and ensure that their brands are protected

WIPO / US : UDRP gets personal

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of a personal name for failure to prove common law or unregistered trade mark rights in the name. The Complainant was Kait Robinson, a young