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WIPO: Cybersquatting breaks all-time record high

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations specialized agency based in Geneva that administers the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) has released a press release revealing that cybersquatting cases in 2017 reached an all-time high, with 3,074 cases filed in 2017 (compared to 3,036 cases filed in 2016 and 2,754 cases

ICANN halts applications for .CORP, .HOME and .MAIL

On 4 February 2018, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) passed a Resolution to halt the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applications for .CORP, .HOME and .MAIL.  As a result, and in the interest of fairness, ICANN has agreed to refund the full application fees for each TLD (USD 185,000) to

dotFM embraces emoji domain names

dotFM, the Registry responsible for the .FM Top Level Domain (TLD), is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register.  The Registry, which is the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Micronesia but which, in view of its .FM extension, has up to now mainly marketed its

ICANN in California – 2018 McCarthy Symposium review

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Paris partner picked for ICANN panel

ICANN, the organization at the heart of the internet, regulating domain names, has selected Hogan Lovells partner David Taylor as one of only two European members to serve on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team. The other European member is the Principal Advisor responsible for internet governance issues and the Internet

.ONLINE gTLD: Domain name – respondent shoots himself in the foot

In a recent domain name dispute brought under the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), a panel ordered the suspension of a domain name under the .ONLINE new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) following the registrant’s filing of a response after a Default Determination ordering the suspension of the domain