What You Really Need to Know About ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse

April 4, 2013

By Doug Isenberg Although ICANN’s recently launched Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) boasts that it will help you “protect your trademark online,” the truth is that while it offers some important protections, it also has significant limitations. And, despite all of the recent webinars, news articles and client alerts, a number of misunderstandings persist. To be certain, [...]

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WIPO Offers Insights on Domain Name Trends

March 28, 2013

By Doug Isenberg As I noted in an earlier post, WIPO received a record number of domain name disputes in 2012. Now, in a report and press conference, WIPO not only has confirmed this statistic, but it has provided some interesting new insights into the trends surrounding cybersquatting. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (left) and [...]

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URS Complaints Must Be in English — and Other Things We’ve Learned from the New URS Rules

March 19, 2013

By Doug Isenberg ICANN recently announced that it had “developed and added” a set of Rules for the forthcoming Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) — “to provide guidance on all aspects of the URS proceedings.” Although the Rules came as somewhat of a surprise (I had never heard anyone mention them previously, and ICANN’s announcement [...]

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How a Simple UDRP Rule Change Could Help Reduce Cyberflight

March 18, 2013

By Doug Isenberg As I’ve written before, “locking” a domain name during a UDRP proceeding is an important concept, and now a report from ICANN staff seems to agree — and, fortunately, is even recommending that the UDRP rules be modified to help avoid cyberflight. As the “Draft Initial Report on the Locking of a [...]

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The URS Gets Real: ICANN Picks NAF

February 25, 2013

By Doug Isenberg In an important announcement for trademark rights and the new gTLDs, ICANN announced that it has appointed the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) as the first service provider for the forthcoming Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS). NAF already provides services for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and has handled other [...]

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