201908.02

WIPO, the new dispute settlement institution for “Chinese” domain names

The Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced (Wipo.int, 2019-08-01) that it has been designated by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the Chinese Registry, to administer disputes over “Chinese” domain names. WIPO joins the two branches of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center authorized to administer cases…

201907.31

Press review on counterfeiting (July 2019)

IP Twins UDRP: transfer of Mandela.org to the guardians of Nelson Mandela’s memory Nominet DRS: the number of proceedings slightly downz EUIPO / Europol report on counterfeiting: focus on organized crime Rueducommerce.fr sentenced for trademark infringement kingofpop.com: Michael Jackson’s rights holders and other celebrities facing domain name issues Renewal of Registry Agreement with Public Interest…

201907.27

UDRP: transfer of Mandela.org to the guardians of Nelson Mandela’s memory

Representatives of Nelson Mandela’s memory have obtained the transfer of the domain name mandela.org following a UDRP process administered by the Arbitration Center and of Mediation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, D2019-0372, The Trustees for the Time of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Trust v. Domains By Proxy, LLC / Rafael Trevisan, Trevis, Inc.,…

201907.25

Nominet DRS: the number of proceedings slightly down

The UK Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service unveiled figures for the year 2018 (Nominet.uk). The DRS team administered 671 procedures, which is the lowest volume since the service was created. The year 2012 remains a dark year with 818 procedures. Domain names were transferred in 49% of cases. Nominet indicates an assessment of the costs…

201907.24

EUIPO / Europol report on counterfeiting: focus on organized crime

The cooperation between the European Intellectual Property Office and Europol resulted in the publication of a new report on the evolution of intellectual property crime (EUIPO and Europol, Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment 2019). The authors of the report recall the consequences of counterfeiting on economic, health and environmental grounds. From the outset, OEUPI and…

201907.22

Press review on counterfeiting (June 2019)

By IP Twins Press review on counterfeiting (May 2019) 2019 Report of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights Chinese Legislation to Give Better Protection to Trademark Owners this November Do you have insurance covering risks related to intellectual property? .BJ: Redelegation of the Benin ccTLD GAY: general opening planned for 11 October…

201907.13

Rueducommerce.fr sentenced for trademark infringement

Carré Blanc Expansion (Carré Blanc) holds the French trademark “Carré Blanc” (No. 07 3534 168) for classes 24, 35 and 38 (fabrics for textile use, household linen, tablecloths, sheets, fabrics for lingerie. It also owns the domain name carreblanc.com which it uses to promote and sell its products. Rue du Commerce is an e-commerce platform…

201907.03

cnDRP: Two-Year Time Bar Extended to Three

On June 18th 2019, CNNIC announced that the ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (cnDRP), which regulates Chinese extensions such as ‘.cn’ and ‘.中国’ (China in Chinese characters), was revised and took effect on the same day. In particular, the new Article 2 states that ‘the Dispute Resolution Service Providers do not accept the Complaint regarding domain…

201907.01

GAY: general opening planned for 11 October 2019

On May 23, 2019, Top Level Design, a registry of several new gTLDs, signed the registry agreement for the administration of .GAY with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). A few days earlier (May 17, 2019), Top Level Design announced that the general opening of .GAY was planned for October 11, 2019….

201907.01

domaine.au: opening on October 1st, 2019

In 2016, the Australian registry (auDA) approved the opening of second level domains (domaine.au). It will soon be a reality (auda.org). In a temporary document, auDA indicated that this liberalization of the registration rules should take effect on 1 October 2019. The registration of a domain.au will nevertheless be subject to the requirement of an…

201907.01

.BJ: Redelegation of the Benin ccTLD

The management of the geographical top level domain .BJ (ccTLD which designates not Beijing, but Benin) has been delegated to the l’Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste du Bénin (ARCEP), created in 2014. In 2017, ARCEP launched a call for tenders for the selection of a registry operator for the .BJ…

201906.19

Do you have insurance covering risks related to intellectual property?

The Ponemon Institute (with the support of AON) is providing a valuable study that deals with insurance related to risks regarding cybersecurity and intellectual property. The research team behind this study collected responses from 2,348 participants in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, all professionals involved in IT risk management. The study…

201906.18

Chinese Legislation to Give Better Protection to Trademark Owners this November

On April 23, the Standing Committee of Nation People’s Congress in China issued the new amendments of Chinese Trademark Law which will take effect on November 1, 2019. Six articles of the current Trademark Law are amended to further curb trademark squatters and trademark infringement. We provide a brief summary as below to show what…

201906.07

2019 Report of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights

The European Union for Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) released its report on the state of intellectual property infringement: “2019 Status report on IPR infringement. Why IPR are important, IPR infringement and the fight against counterfeiting and piracy (euipo.europa.eu). This report presents the results of the research constantly carried out by the European Observatory on IPR infringements…

201906.06

Press review on counterfeiting (May 2019)

By IP TWINS Expired domain names: there are more risks than appears .com is the main beneficiary of errors on website addresses ICANN Approves the CIIDRC as a UDRP Institution USTR Releases 2018 Report on IP Protection and Review of Notorious Markets Thesun.com: “the sun shines for everyone” A natural person receives $100,000 fine as…

201906.05

uaDRP: the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Ukrainian Domain Names

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) now provides domain name dispute resolution services with the extension .UA (ccTLD, Ukraine).   This procedure allows the owner of a trademark to retrieve a corresponding domain name which has been improperly registered by another person or used in bad faith. The procedure is done online, administratively. The conditions…

201906.05

What does the IFOP study for UNIFAB reveal about online counterfeiting?

UNIFAB (Union des Fabricants) is a French non-profit association whose purpose is the defense and promotion of intellectual property rights. It brings together many companies and associations from all other the world, representing in kind of industries. The experience, the expertise and the network of Unifab make it a major player in the combat against counterfeiting…