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Surprise, surprise - IP theft is on the rise...
  • DMH Stallard LLP
  • Global
  • January 24 2011

A report issued by MarkMonitor, an online brand protection business, indicates that websites offering pirated digital media content such as RapidShare.com, Megavideo.com and Megaupload.com, attract over 53 billion hits per year in total.

Vulnerability of insufficiently well-known trade marks
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Global
  • February 26 2010

In Office Holdings Ltd v Hocu To d.o.o. and Office Shoes d.o.o. 2009 D2009-1277 WIPO, it was concluded that a proprietor of trade marks in central and eastern Europe had a legitimate interest in a corresponding domain name even though it was apparent that the trade marks and domain name had been chosen in order to mimic an earlier trade mark registered elsewhere in Europe.

Three small victories in the trademark battle against ICANN
  • Bracewell LLP
  • Global
  • December 22 2009

Brand owners have won three small victories in the fight to protect trademarks when ICANN launches its new Top-Level Domain Name ("gTLD") program.

Famous names and parking sites
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Global
  • July 29 2009

In WIPO Case No. D2009-0563 Jim Carrey v BWI Domains (16 June 2009) single panellist Alistair Payne had little trouble deciding that the registration and resolution of the domain name jimcarrey.com to a parking site from which the registrant derived pay-per-click revenue constituted bad faith.

New Top Level Domains: protection of trademark rights
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Global
  • June 22 2009

Preceding the final decision of the Internet administration Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on the allocation rules of the new Internet root zones, a team of trademark experts (the Implementation Recommendation Team, or IRT) has issued a list of recommendations.

Facebook policy change may detrimentally affect online search result rankings
  • Banner & Witcoff Ltd
  • Global
  • June 12 2009

On June 9, 2009, Facebook announced that it will allow its users to select personalized usernames for Facebook profiles and certain fan pages beginning on Friday, June 12, 2009, at 11:01 pm CDT.

The use of a manufacturer's trade mark in a domain name by a reseller
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Global
  • January 30 2009

A recent decision of a panel made up of three panellists under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP") deals with interesting issues concerning the use of a manufacturer's trade mark by a dealer or reseller.

David L. Beam
  • Mayer Brown