201905.21

Monetizing dormant domain names by a license agreement

Of the 348.7 million domain names registered (Verisign.com, The Domain Name Industry Brief, Vol 16, Issue 1, March 2019), many of them are dormant: either they are not activated or, if they are, they only designate a parking page. There is another way to monetize a domain name: the license agreement. Admittedly, this solution can…

201905.12

Thesun.com: “the sun shines for everyone”

Can trademark owners such as “The Sun” prohibit third parties from registering domain names that are identical to those trademarks? The issue raised is that of weakly distinctive trademarks because of the genericity of the word or words of which they are composed. Owners of such trademarks are inexorably exposed to stiff competition in the…

201905.10

2018 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: domain names

The role of registrars Each year, the USTR collects complaints from intellectual property rights holders. For the year 2018, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, ASOP Global, shared its experience in a letter to the USTR on October 5, 2018. In this contribution, ASOP Global intended to address the problem of illegal drugs at the…

201904.23

A new cityTLD is coming: .MADRID

The Spanish capital has a city-TLD .MADRID. Each and every new Top-Level-Domain is a new gateway for cybersquatters to find new opportunities, whether the new Top-Level-Domains are gTLDs (examples are recurrent as the following table shows) or geoTLDs (see, among many examples, that of ritzcarlton.tokyo). Initially scheduled for April 2019, the sunrise period will run…

201904.14

Trademarks and domain names: it’s hard to be an acronym trademark!

At the conclusion of the WIPO D2019-0263 case, the panelist rejected the request from Groupement des cartes bancaires to obtain the transfer of the domain name cb.markets (WIPO, D2019-0263, Grouping Bank Cards v. Domain Administrator, Coinbase, Inc., April 2, 2019, denied). It is essentially on the ground of the criterion relating to the right or…

201904.04

General availability of all .uk domains

We wish to remind you that there are now less than three months left for owners of domains registered under.co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk to secure the equivalent .uk domain. Back in 2014, the .uk registry Nominet launched this top-level domain to the market. The owners of .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk registrations on 28 October 2013…

201903.28

New gTLDs: Do not forget the preventive registrations!

Since the new gTLDs offer new opportunities for brand owners, they also offer cybersquatters the same opportunities. It suffices to observe the (more or less recent) decisions made under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization to note an upsurge in cybersquatting by the registration and use of non-similar domain names (typosquatting) but identical…

201903.15

WIPO Statistics: Cybersquatting Complaints Hits a New Record

Unsurprisingly, there has never been so much cybersquatting. Figures from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center indicate that “the number of cybersquatting cases at WIPO increases by 12% to reach a new record in 2018” (wipo.int, March 15, 2019). WIPO is one of the institutions accredited by the Internet Corporation for…

201903.04

Cyber attacks on the DNS: ICANN urges to deploy the DNSSEC protocol

In recent weeks, several authorities have reported an upsurge of coordinated malicious acts against the Internet Domain Name System (“DNS”) infrastructure, the backbone of the Internet. Ongoing attacks raise concerns about their persistence, magnitude, and the concomitant use of several methods. On January 10, 2019, based on reports issued by companies specializing in cybersecurity, the…

201902.27

A welcome partnership between a ccTLD registry and a national industrial property office

Afnic (the registry in charge of French ccTLDs, afnic.fr) and the French National Institute of Industrial Property (inpi.fr) have announced a partnership with the view of raising awareness of trademark and domain name owners as to the need to proceed, systematically and concomitantly, with trademarks and domain name registrations. This awareness campaign will, at least…

201901.30

Panorama of Japanese domain names

IP Twins will be in Kobe, Japan, at the ICANN 64 meeting, which will be held from March 9-14, 2019. This is an opportunity to spotlight the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese ecosystem of domain names is at the forefront. At the beginning of 2018, the number of .JP domain names exceeded 1.5 million,…

201901.28

.EU: Brexit calendar in case of a no deal scenario. Our advice

EURid, the .EU registry, has timed out two scenarios: in case of a no deal (Scenario 1) and in the event of an agreement between Great Britain and the European Union (Scenario 2). The latter would not start before 31 December 2020. The political context gives Scenario 1 an urgency that requires vigilance and anticipation….

201901.14

.INC: launch postponed, update your calendar!

Originally scheduled for January 16, 2019, the launch of .INC is postponed until March 27, 2019. Eligibility “to be eligible to submit a Registration Request in the Sunrise Period, a Sunrise Applicant must be the registrant of a corresponding TMCH entry and the domain name sought must correspond to the entire eligible text of one…

201901.08

The sunrise period for the new gTLD .DEV starts on January 16, 2019

Google Registry recently announced the upcoming availability of the .DEV top-level domain. 1 Sunrise Period: January 16, 2019 – February 19, 2019 Sunrise period where trademark holders who have submitted their trademark to the Trademark Clearinghouse can register .dev domains. Sunrise for .dev. This means if you are a trademark owner and your trademark has been submitted…

201901.08

Get prepared: the .inc sunrise period is soon

IMPORTANT: Originally scheduled for January 16, 2019, the launch of .INC is postponed until March 27, 2019. See the updated calendar here. Eligibility “to be eligible to submit a Registration Request in the Sunrise Period, a Sunrise Applicant must be the registrant of a corresponding TMCH entry and the domain name sought must correspond to…

201812.19

Did Deadpool Register Avengers’ Domain Names in Bad Faith?

If by chance it came to the idea of Marvel fans to visit the website that is designated by the domain AvengersEndgame.com, they would not see Stan Lee’s work showing Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Dr. Stephen Strange, Black Panther or other superheroes, but the unexpected anti-hero Deadpool! The AvengersEndgame.com domain name…

201811.23

bmẉ.com (BMW), e-lẹclerc.com (E. Leclerc), порше.com (Porsche), קוקהקולה.com (Coca-Cola) et al.: Brief Overview of Internationalized Domain Names in WIPO UDRPs

BMW had to initiate a UDRP proceeding to get the domain name bmẉ.com [xn--bm-e3s.com], therefore containing the letter “w” with a diacritic dot. The respondent in the UDRP proceedings did not participate, and the decision appears relatively ordinary. However, it contains a reminder on an obvious but yet necessary legal point: “Previous UDRP panels have…

201809.28

.PAGE: Sunrise Period Ends on October 1, 2018

The sunrise period for .PAGE domain names will end on October 1st, 2018. This new gTLD is intended for a wide audience. The offer generated by the new gTLDs market facilitates access to domain names so that cybersquatting risks are greater. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires registries to set up sunrise…

201809.25

.CHARITY Needs Your Help!

The new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .CHARITY was launched last 9 August 2018, and is now available to the general public. There are no registration requirements for .CHARITY domains, which may, of course, be used in relation to individuals and organizations engaged in philanthropy, charitable giving, cause-related fundraising, and other philanthropic initiatives to concretize online…

201809.13

What to Do With Domain Names Such as starbucksnestle.com and starbucks-nestle.com?

The announcement of a commercial partnership between Nestlé (nestle.com, May 7, 2018) and Starbucks (starbucks.com, August 28, 2018) led to cybersquatting cases. Many domain names combining the “nestle” and “starbucks” trademarks were registered. DRP proceedings were initiated, including the D2018-1183 procedure undertaken by the Nestlé Products Corporation against a US citizen who had registered two…

201809.04

On Your Marks, .SPORT Kicks Off!

The new gTLD .SPORT targets federations, sports organizations, clubs, teams, their athletes, their sponsors, but also sports brands and the media. SPORTt has its rules, so the .SPORT. Eligibility rules apply. The choice of domain names is not free and, for now, the time of registration either. First Rule: Eligibility Sport is for everyone, not the…

201807.13

Greek ccTLD .ελ: Sunrise Period Open

The Greek ccTLD .ελ is open! As a first time, until October 10, 2018, it is only possible to register a domain name under this new .ελ ccTLD if the domain name in question is not already registered under ccTLD .gr. In other words, domain name owners under the first and second level of .gr…

201807.09

.realestate: Let’s Build Together!

The sunrise period of the top level domain dedicated to the real estate business is approaching. Registrations will run from July 28 to August 27, 2018. IP Twins is an accredited registrar with extensive experience and strong expertise in sunrise period procedures. We can assist you in the preparation of your .realestate domain name registration…

201805.15

Brexit: Consequences on UK’s Eligibility for .EU Domains

The European Commission has announced the legal consequences of Brexit on the UK’s eligibility for the .EU Top Level Domains after the withdrawal date which is set for. 30 March 2019 (European Commission, Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and E.U. Rules on .EU Domain Names, 28 March 2018). The Commission recalled that, “Subject to any…

201804.17

Launch of two new gTLDs .购物 and .ICU

购物 / xn--g2xx48c (.shopping in Chinese) The register Minds and Machines, has published the calendar for the launch of the new extension .购物 on the 20th of avril. This new gTLD means ‘shopping’ in Chinese. The launch will be the following: Sunrise (for TMCH) opens 20 April and closes 19 June 2018. General availability opens 21 June 2018. All…

201803.30

French First Lady victim of e-mail fraud

On March 30 2018, the French presidency announced that a complaint had been filed for identity theft. Several emails were sent from cabinet@presidence.fr impersonating the First Lady’s office. The domain name presidence.fr is used by an art gallery located meters away from the Elysee Palace, and is actively used in relation to that gallery. Nevertheless, the technical setup of the…

201803.28

.APP registrations finally open !

Apps make the mobile world go ‘round’, and now they have their own more secure home on the web: the .app domain, the most relevant TLD for mobile apps. You can use your .app name to showcase a unique and trustworthy destination, as a relevant download link, for deep linking, or for sharing screenshots, release notes, and…