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Blockchain trending in domain name registrations

Domain name registrations often reflect current trends and it is thus not surprising that a large number of recent second-level domain name registrations under .COM and .NET include terminology relating to blockchain. A report published last month by Verisign on the “Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM and .NET Registrations in August” placed the words

.RU and .РФ show healthy growth whilst deterring cyber criminals

The Coordination Center, which is responsible for the management of the Russian country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .RU and .РФ, recently published its annual report which showcased the vigorous growth of both .RU and .РФ as well as highlighting efforts to combat malicious activity in the .RU and .РФ domain name spaces. The main

Proposed change of registration policy for .IE domain names

IEDR, the Irish Domain Registry, recently announced that it was a running a Public Consultation with a view to liberalising the .IE domain name registration policy. The current registration requirements for .IE domain names are the following: 1. A connection to Ireland Applicants can be: •    Irish citizens or residents; •    Companies registered in Ireland;

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they are implementing to try to put a halt to such practices. When it comes to online shopping, if the price

Welcome to the WIPO overview 3.0

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently updated its WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, the previous edition of which (WIPO Overview 2.0) was published in 2011. The WIPO Overview is a collection of Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) jurisprudence summarising consensus panel views on a range of

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