We are delighted to have sponsored the eighth annual McCarthy Institute Trademark Symposium on February 23 in Sunnyvale, California. The one-day event, titled “Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2018” brought together over 200 brand owners, trademark attorneys and public policymakers to face off on today’s most pressing issues in trademark law. With speakers from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo and Pinterest the
In our earlier post we commented on IEDR´s (the Irish Registry for the .IE country code Top Level Domain) Public Consultation with a view to relaxing the registration policy for .IE domain names. Indeed, up until now, applicants for .IE domain names had to meet the following registration requirements: 1. A connection to Ireland (via Irish
2017 was a year of widespread political, technological and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond. We’re here to help: we have published our second annual Global IP Outlook. The Outlook reflects on some of the major developments in intellectual property law and
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;
On 24 August 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT“) issued the final version of the Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“New Domain Name Rules“). These new Rules will come into effect on 1 November 2017 and replace the existing rules promulgated in 2004. As compared to the draft
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’s first Cyberspace Court was inaugurated on Friday 18 August in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Going forward, this new court will handle all internet-related disputes in all districts of Hangzhou through a fully digitalized, online procedure. The establishment of a specialized cyberspace court in China’s internet capital Hangzhou is an encouraging step for the Chinese internet
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
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
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
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.
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
On 25 March 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT“) issued Draft Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“Draft“) and issued a call for comments. The Draft has raised serious concerns among the public and the international media. In this article we summarize the key changes in the Draft,
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 dismissal of a complaint brought under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy for .hk domain names (“DNDRP”) highlighted the importance of adducing sufficient evidence to back up assertions of bad faith. This is especially so when the disputed domain name was registered before the complainant had acquired rights in the relevant trade mark. In
The Higher Regional Court Dresden has taken a decision involving a dispute between two domain owners. The appellant operates the website “www.fluege.de” where it offers travel agency services. The appellant does not only use the domain and word sign <fluege.de>, but also a logo showing blue characters and a small white stylized airplane. The defendants,