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Momentum.Africa - opening of top-level domain name to create opportunities to IP right owners
  • K&L Gates
  • Africa, Global
  • April 11 2017

The new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .africa, a regional domain for users located in and out of the continent, has been officially validated by

Court of Appeal gets digital - adjudication of a domain name dispute
  • Dentons
  • Canada, Global
  • April 11 2017

On March 27, 2017, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its endorsement in Boaden Catering Limited v. Real Food for Real Kids Inc., which

Will .Africa be the one digital space for the African continent?
  • Awapatent
  • Africa
  • April 4 2017

With the goal of establishing ’Africa in One Space‘, dotAfrica aims to provide a secure and world-class technical infrastructure to leverage the

Using trade mark rights to counter domain snatchers in France and elsewhere
  • Marks & Clerk
  • France, Global
  • March 21 2017

Commercial practices in the domain name business can lead to small web entities losing their domain names. Here, we consider some of the options that

ICANN58 Copenhagen: The TMCH Debate
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Global
  • March 15 2017

ICANN58 is well underway and there have already been several meetings of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and its various working

Reiteration of high threshold for descriptiveness refusals
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC
  • USA
  • March 14 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") decision in which the Board upheld a

Puzzling Question of ICANN Formation Jurisdiction Persists
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Global, USA
  • March 13 2017

Since the expiration of the IANA contract in place between the United States and ICANN last fall, the ICANN community has been working on

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - March 2017
  • Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
  • Global, USA
  • March 11 2017

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain

ICANN Promotes Well-Liked and Highly Respected Insider to New Complaints Officer Role
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Global
  • March 10 2017

ICANN takes a lot of heat whenever it makes a bad decision. That is a good thing, since they hold the keys to online commerce, which is essentially

Extending a trade mark’s protection online
  • ENSafrica
  • Global
  • March 8 2017

In addition to registering their trade marks with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”), brand owners should ensure that their