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Russia: Draft law on foreign ownership restrictions in significant Internet/information resources

Russia is facing potential restrictions of foreign ownership in digital companies. This follows on similar restrictions over Russian mass media companies and online cinemas which took effect in 2016 and 2017, respectively (see our earlier post). These proposed amendments coincide with the announcement of major e-commerce and foodtech JV deals in Russia with participation of

Cyber Security: NCSC warns over global DNS hijacking

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), an organisation of the UK Government that provides cybersecurity advice and support for the public and private sector, published an article earlier this year relating to a recent large-scale global DNS hijacking campaign. The article discusses the risks and solutions for protecting organisations against such attacks, whereby the Domain

Launch of brand protection service for adult oriented gTLDs

The Registry Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX), which owns 32 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) such as .VIP, .WORK or .LUXE, has recently launched a blocking service that enables trade mark holders to protect their rights across the adult namespace. This new service enables trade mark holders to block domain name registrations under

IoT webinar recording: Cyberthreats in the Internet of Things

On July 16, 2019, our Privacy and Cybersecurity and Litigation teams presented a webinar, “Cyberthreats in the Internet of Things”. Speakers explored some techniques to exploit potential vulnerabilities in connected devices and how those types of events impact organizations from a regulatory and litigation perspective. Many of the nearly 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed worldwide

CJEU: Online commerce – Provision of contact details clarified

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that online sales platforms are not necessarily obliged to always provide consumers with a contact telephone number in order to meet statutory obligations. Other means of communication via which the consumer can communicate quickly and efficiently with the company may also be sufficient. Background The plaintiff, a

China: 2-year time-bar revised to 3 years under CNDRP

Previously, under the CNNIC ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (CNDRP) which governs the .CN (and .中国) domain in China, no complaints under CNDRP could be filed against a .CN domain which had been registered for more than 2 years. This time bar led to debates as to whether it imposes an unreasonable time limit on the

.PL Registry lock service introduced

NASK, the organisation responsible for the Top Level Domain .PL (Poland), recently announced the introduction of a Registry Lock service for .PL domain names. Locking a domain name at the Registry level provides an added layer of security against domain name hijacking. Domain name hijacking occurs when an attacker gains unauthorised access to registration data for

Analyzing the impact of the EU GDPR on access to WHOIS data, one year on

During the Annual INTA 2019 Meeting, a panel was held on the EU General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and the temporary removal of data for the WHOIS directory. IPMT Partner David Taylor spoke on the following GDPR issues and their impact on global brand protection. When the GDPR came into force back in 2018, the Internet Corporation for

.CLUB launches brand protection service

.CLUB Domains, the Registry operating the .CLUB new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), has recently launched a new service that enables qualified trade mark holders to block .CLUB domain name registrations containing their trade marks. According to the .CLUB Domains’ press release, the Trademark Sentry Unlimited Name Blocking Service (UNBS) “protects a trademark from appearing

EURid and EUIPO ramp up the fight against cybersquatting

As part of a collaboration between EUIPO (the EU Intellectual Property Office) and EURid (the .EU and .ЕЮ Registry), a new service has been launched that allows EUTM (European trade mark) applicants and rights holders to opt-in to receive alerts as soon as a .EU or .ЕЮ domain name identical to their application has been

WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution: One Americano, please!

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Panel refused to order the transfer of a Domain Name because the Complainant failed to demonstrate that the Respondent registered the domain name in bad faith. This decision serves as a reminder that having

The European Union adopts a new .EU Regulation

On 19 March 2019, the European Union adopted Regulation (eu) 2019/517 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on the implementation and functioning of the .eu top-level domain name and amending and repealing Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004, otherwise known as the .eu Regulation.

.UK right of registration – have you secured your .UK domain?

Nominet, the Registry responsible for operating the .UK country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for the United Kingdom, launched the registration of domain names directly under the .UK top level domain name extension back in June 2014.  Eligible registrants were given five years to secure their .UK domain names.  They only have a couple of

EUIPO issues a Comparative Case Study on Alternative Resolution Systems for Domain Name Disputes

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently published a Comparative Case Study on Alternative Resolution Systems for Domain Name Disputes which highlights the main similarities and differences between various Dispute Resolution Procedures (DRPs), analysing in particular the different procedures, fees, timelines and case statistics.  The study also compared the likely outcomes of a few

WIPO: Be aware of generic terms in domain name dispute resolution

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 because the Complainant failed to demonstrate that the Respondent lacked rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name. Background The Complainant was Pharming Group N.V.

Brexit’s impact on European TLDs not limited to .EU

In our February post, we wrote about the impact that Brexit would have on UK-based .EU domain name holders and registrants to be affected by Britain’s looming departure from the EU – including not only native Brits, but also European nationals resident in the UK.  Moreover, such registrants risk seeing their registrations cancelled, not only in .EU,

Global IP Outlook 2019 – Two steps forward and a look back

2018 posed new opportunities and challenges for IP-rich businesses, with major new legislation introduced in Europe to govern trademark and trade secret protection; significant and transformational case law in the U.S., and the confirmation of new planned IP-specific legislation for several jurisdictions in Asia. We’re here to help you keep abreast of these changes and

Steady growth for domain names in 2018

At the end of 2018, Verisign, the authoritative Registry for all .COM, .NET, .NAME, .CC, .TV, .EDU, .GOV and .JOBS domain names, published its third quarter report for 2018. According to the report, at the end of September there were approximately 342.4 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), which represented an

EURid issues no-deal Brexit plan for .EU domain names

On 24 January 2019, EURid, the .EU Registry, issued an update to its Brexit notice, setting out a no-deal plan for .EU domain names whose WHOIS information displays GB (United Kingdom) or GI (Gibraltar, overseas territory of the United Kingdom) as their country code. Unlike the eligibility requirements for ownership of a European Union (EU)

Is Brexit spurring a .EU domain exit?

EURid, the Registry responsible for running the .EU namespace, has recently released its Quarter 3, 2018 Progress Report, covering the .EU and .ЕЮ extensions and this revealed a drop in the overall number of registrations. The report highlighted that there were 173,187 new domain name registrations made in Q3 2018, as well as noting that

U.S. – Over a million sites ICEd this year

In its traditional Cyber Monday announcement, the U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), a body managed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit, revealed that over a million websites had been seized this year as part of Operation In Our Sites. Each year, the NIPRCC

.DE ups security with 100,000 DNSSEC domain names

DENIC, the Registry responsible for running the .DE namespace, recently announced that 100,000 .DE domain names have been registered using Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC). DENIC introduced DNSSEC as an option for .DE domain names in 2011.  According to the Registry, there has been steady growth in the number of .DE domain names being

Domain Names: .ME to allow IDN registrations

doMEn d.o.o., the Registry for the .ME country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), has recently announced that it would soon allow the registration of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) under .ME. IDNs are domain names that contain at least one non-ASCII character – for example, a character with diacritics like é, ü, ñ, or a Chinese

Domain names: Seven “dirty words” now acceptable in .US

The Registry operator of the .US domain and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have lifted a prohibition on the so called “seven dirty words” allowing them to be included in future .US domain name registrations.  The decision came in the wake of the suspension of an anti-Nazi domain name containing a previously banned