201804.13

.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…

201804.13

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…

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…

201803.25

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…

201610.28

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…