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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

SSAC gives the thumbs down to the use of emoji in domain names

Emoji, the pictorial symbols typically presented in a colourful cartoon form, are nowadays being widely used on smartphones, in chat, in email applications and in social media.  Their increasing popularity has prompted the question of whether they could be used in domain names, just like other non-American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) letters (e.g.

China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid

The Beijing Haidian District People’s Court has recently heard a case in which a domain name registrant requested the court to declare its domain name registration contracts invalid. In this somewhat unusual case, the court granted this request concluding that the object of the agreement was cyber-squatting, thereby cancelling dozens of squatted domain names. The

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

Time to re-visit the 2-year time bar in a .CN complaint?

Unlike the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the CNNIC ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (CNDRP)  – the dispute resolution policy governing the .CN domain in China – sets a time bar which stipulates that no complaints concerning a .CN (or “.中国”) registration over 2 years old will be accepted.  This time bar has in

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:

$10 domain name halts spread of WannaCry ransomware

A major global ransomware attack going by the name of WannaCry was recently short circuited by the registration of a single domain name costing just over $10.  The unregistered domain name consisting of random characters was apparently programmed into the WannaCry malware by its creators in order to function as a “kill switch” and was

IP Newsletter – French language/Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #15 from May 2017 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

WIPO – UDRP: Proof of bad faith registration crucial

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 mainly based on the lack of evidence about the Respondent’s bad faith upon registration of the domain name in dispute. The Complainant was Zeca S.p.A of

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.

Vietnam: New rules for resolving .VN disputes

Vietnam has seen a rapid surge in internet use, having one of the highest rates of increase of annual Internet users in the world. According to the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority, 52% of the population (over 47.3 million people) are Internet users. .VN is the country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Vietnam. In terms of .VN

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

IP Newsletter – French language/Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #14 from March 2017 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

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

gTLDs: The luck of the .IRISH

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the application process for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) in January 2012.  The new gTLD program resulted in an unprecedented expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS) from the existing 22 TLDs, such as .COM and .ORG, to currently over 1,200 gTLDs. While a

WIPO – France: Domain name used for cyber fraud

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Panel ordered the transfer of a domain name because, although it had never been used for an active website, it had been used to send fraudulent emails in an attempted cyber fraud. The Complainant

A Top 10 Dispute in China

China Business Law Journal has recently announced its ‘Deals of the Year 2016’ recognizing cases that saw the most sophisticated efforts by legal counsel. And as a result our work for Tencent has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Dispute Deals of the Year and the only domain name case on the list.

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.