202001.12

.GAY: Sunrise period from February 10 to March 31

Top Level Design announced the opening of the .GAY TLD. The sunrise period will run from February 10 to March 31, 2020, while the opening to the public is set for May 11, 2020. By offering .GAY, Top Level Design aims to guarantee a safe space for the LGBT community. The registry assures in particular…

201912.20

UDRP: stevejobs.com, transferred 20 years after registration

The year 2019 was marked by the transfer of several domain names identical to the names of celebrities, in particular kingofpop.com (iptwins.com, 2019-07-11), pabloescobar.com (iptwins.com, 2019-10-16) and mandela.org (iptwins.com, 2019-07-27). Stevejobs.com (NAF FA1909001861755, Steve Jobs Archive, LLC v. Jongsubkim, December 11, 2019, transfer) should be added to this list. This domain name was registered in…

201912.19

15 years imprisonment for doitforstate.com

A few months ago, we told the story of Mr. Adams who wished to obtain the domain name doitforstate.com at all costs, and hired Mr. Hopkins whose mission was to compel the domain name holder to transfer the domain to Mr. Adams, under the threat of a firearm. A scenario worthy of a bad thriller…

201912.05

Press review on counterfeiting (November 2019)

IP Twins To Brexit or to Party ? Geographical identifiers and UDRP requirements: a landmark case (D2019-1758, visitqatar.com) European Union: launch of domain names in Greek (.eu and .eю) United States: contributory trademark infringement. The Luxottica case Press Cambodia 1. Cambodian police have destroyed several thousand bottles of fake Penfold and other alcoholic beverages. thenewdaily.com.au,…

201912.04

France : Ministerial Ordinance to Strengthen Trademark Protection

Editor’s note: below is a non official translation of the report published by the French government. The French Minister of Economy and Finance has issued an ordinance on trademarks. This ordinance, taken on the basis of Article 201 of Law No 2019-486 of 22 May 2019 on the growth and transformation of companies, transposes into…

201911.29

To Brexit or to Party ?

The Brexit Party, the eurosceptic party led by Nigel Farage, has been founded on the 23 of November 2018 and became active in January 2019 (source: wikipedia.org et companieshouse.gov.uk). The domain name thebrexitparty.org, associated with the main website of said party, has been registered on the 20 of January 2019. On the 26 of October…

201911.22

European Union: launch of domain names in Greek (.eu and .eю)

In 2016, Eurid, the registry of the European ccTLDs, created the .eю (.eu in Cyrillic), recalling that the Old Continent takes its name from the Princess Europe, a character of Greek mythology. Since November 14, 2019, citizens of the European Union can register domain names in Cyrillic, under the two extensions of the European Union: .eu…

201911.21

United States: contributory trademark infringement. The Luxottica case

Luxottica Group, S.p.A. and its subsidiary Oakley, Inc. (hereinafter, “Luxottica”) manufacture and sell luxury eyewear (Ray-Ban and Oakley among other brands). Luxottica sued Mini Mall Airport LLC (in College Park, Georgia) and its owners and managers for infringement of its Ray-Ban and Oakley trademarks. Previously, police operations had found that many tenants offered counterfeit eyewear…

201911.12

Press review on counterfeiting (October 2019)

IP Twins Online counterfeiting: Cdiscount cannot be held liable .BANK and .INSURANCE: fTLD on governance principles UDRP: pabloescobar.com, transferred 20 years after its registration .BOND : sunrise period starts on 17 October 2019 .EU: opening to European expatriates New gTLD: .NEW is coming! Domain Names: the top level domains of the fashion industry Press review…

201911.11

Bringing Chinese counterfeiters before French courts

Recently, Cdiscount was criticized for not having disclosed the identity of alleged counterfeiters. However, it turned out that the information needed to identify these merchants were available on Cdiscount and that they had indicated a postal address in China (Online counterfeiting: Cdiscount cannot be held liable, iptwins.com, 24 Oct. 2019). Like many others, this case…

201910.24

Online counterfeiting: Cdiscount cannot be held liable

Jansport Apparel Corp. (JAC), the manufacturer of bags and travel accessories that owns “Eastpak” trademarks, noted that several companies based in China were offering counterfeits of its products on Cdiscount. It appears from the judgment that JAC was “unable to directly contact the sellers,” which led genuine manufacturer, at first, to send to Cdiscount cease and…

201910.24

.BANK and .INSURANCE: fTLD on governance principles

.BANK and .INSURANCE are administered by fTLD Registry Services, LLC (fTLD), a coalition of banks, insurance companies and professional associations in the financial services industry. fTLD operates .BANK and .INSURANCE for the benefit of the community in accordance with the ICANN Registry Agreement (fTLD.com). In a recent press release, fTLD reiterated its commitment regarding the…

201910.16

UDRP: pabloescobar.com, transferred 20 years after its registration

In this UDRP proceeding (NAF, FA1908001859584, Escobar, Inc. v. Neil Okrent / Ivan Munguia, October 7, 2019), the complaint originated from a Colombian company with at least unusual and tumultuous history: Escobar, Inc, created in 1984 by Pablo Escobar and managed by his brother, Roberto. The complainant sought to obtain the transfer of the domain…

201910.15

.BOND : sunrise period starts on 17 October 2019

The .BOND top-level domain, originally acquired by the University of Bond (Queensland, Australia) and now owned by ShortDot (the owner of .ICU), will be available from October 17, 2019. ShortDot targets the financial sector as a priority, while inviting people to give free rein to their imagination.

201910.15

.EU: opening to European expatriates

The .EU Top Level Domain Registry (Eurid) has opened the eligibility criteria. As of 19 October 2019, citizens of the European Union who live abroad will be allowed to register .EU domain names (Eurid.eu).

201910.11

New gTLD: .NEW is coming!

Charleston Road Registry Inc. (Google) brings the .NEW from October 15, 2019. The sunrise period will continue until January 14, 2020. Registration is strongly recommended. IP Twins advises and accompanies you.