Viking.com or the saga of a raid lost in advance

A UDRP decision rendered by WIPO arbitration center the 23rd of February 2018 saw the complaint of Aurelius RHO GTM Development Limited regarding viking.com, whose registrant was Office Depot Inc, being rejected and qualified as “Reverse Domain Name Hijacking” (RDNH). What is RDNH ? A company filing a UDRP complaint with deficient legal grounds with regards…


New EUIPO Report Highlights Dangers of Online Counterfeits

A new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has revealed that the internet and social media are increasingly being used to benefit counterfeiters in the EU as a result of advertising revenue. The report, released earlier this month, collated research carried out by the EUIPO’s EU Observatory in conjunction with the Organisation…


UDRP: the Boomerang Effect of the Response

The Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) procedure to obtain the transfer of a domain name is a straightforward proceeding, within which the evidentiary requirement is rather low. To obtain a favorable decision, the Complainant must satisfy three conditions: the domain name must be identical or similar to a trademark to which the Complainant has rights;…


ECTA’s 37th Annual Conference in Athens

An IP Twins team will be attending ECTA’s Annual Conference in Athens. We would be happy to see you, catch up and update you on developments and new services. Looking forward to seeing and greeting you there and then, Safe travels, and see you soon!


France.com: Caution and Patience

The media has reported what is now known as France.com. Just as many are those who echoed the arguments of one of the protagonists. However, the case has not yet been decided as it is much more complex than it seems. The decision must be concluded with caution. The story of the France.com domain name…


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…


Cybersquatting: an Extortion Attempt for 95,000 GBP!

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group’s Forex branch had just filed its trademark application with the U.K. Intellectual Property Office for its CYBFX brand only later find out that the domain name <cybfx.co.uk> had already been registered by a cybersquatter. Upon further investigation, the bank discovered that the domain name was registered by an Eric…


Slap on the Wrist for Canada Drugs after Importing $78M USD of Fake Cancer Drugs

Canadian online pharmacy, Canada Drugs, is looking at $34 million US in fines for the importation of counterfeit and unapproved cancer medicine and other illegal pharmaceuticals sold through their many online subsidiaries. According to US prosecutors, Canada Drugs has profited at least $78 million US via illegal imports originating from Canada and the rest of…


DreamWorks Animation Wins a Cybersquatting Case Against a Trademark Troll

In the field of intellectual property, a troll is an individual or a company that produces nothing but shows enough audacity to initiate proceedings to have an infringement of its alleged rights recognized. In 2014, the Troll producer won a UDRP case concerning two domain names: orientaldreamworks.com and shanghaidreamworks.com (D2014-0171, Dreamworks Animation LLC v. Hongyun…


GDPR, Whois and the United States DoC

In a month, on 25 May 2018, the much talked about General Data Protection Regulation GDPR will come into force. Much has already been said and written about the consequences of compliance with the new regulation on Whois data. The closer we get to said implementation date of 25 May 2018, the more ICANN and its IPC – Intellectual Property Constituency of the Generic Names…


INTA’s 140th Annual Meeting in Seattle

An IP Twins team will be attending INTA’s Annual Meeting in Seattle. We would be happy to see you, catch up and update you on developments and new services. Looking forward to seeing and greeting you there and then, Safe travels, and see you soon!


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…


Counterfeit Paracetamol in the Philippines: what a headache!

Last 16 March 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines issued a public warning concerning counterfeit paracetamol tablets being sold under the brand name Biogesic. The studies conducted by the FDA together with Unilab Laboratories, Inc., a manufacturer of Biogesic paracetamol tablets, have verified said products to be counterfeit. The general public and all healthcare…


.GE (Georgia) regulations eventually made easy

As from 15 April 2018 new regulations for registration, transfer and handling of disputes of .GE domain names will apply. Change regarding local presence: Until now in order to register a .GE domain it was required to have a local physical presence in Georgia. Since this requirement will now be removed, any registrant outside Georgia…


Fight Against Counterfeiting: Institutions Bet on Blockchain

Work on the use of the blockchain technology to accelerate the fight against counterfeiting is emerging. Blockchain-based technologies make it possible to check the authenticity of a product and thus exclude counterfeit goods. The goal is simple: to ensure the traceability of an authentic product from the moment it leaves the factory to the moment it is…


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…


.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…


Free Trade Zones as Means to Facilitate Counterfeiting

In April 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) adopted the “General Trade-Related Index of Counterfeiting for Products” to measure and analyze the phenomenon of counterfeiting. They aimed at providing lawmakers with solid empirical evidence. The study showed that counterfeiting accounted for 2.5% of global…


Dramatic increase in the cybersquatting of EU trademarks

It has come to our attention that on several occasions over the past few months, .COM domain names were registered on the same day that corresponding EU trademarks applications were filed at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). As far as we have been able to ascertain, this dubious practice only concerns -for the…