The Second Annual MarkMonitor Summit was held in New York City on April 12th. MarkMonitor® brought together leading experts from a broad variety of industries and government agencies to share best practices and enforcement strategies for brand ...protection, domain management, and digital piracy. The Summit was also an excellent opportunity to interact with individual Client Service Managers (CSMs) from both the Domain Management and Brand Protection departments.
The event kicked off with an opening keynote from Phillippa Scarlett, United States Deputy Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the Executive Office of the President. Ms. Scarlett discussed the role of IPEC in...Read More
On Monday February 1st I was interviewed on San Francisco’s KCBS Radio about the counterfeiting of Super Bowl merchandise. This is an edited transcript of the interview.
KCBS: Thousands of people are descending on the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50. Ever...yone wants to take home some souvenirs: merchandise, memorabilia, tickets and the like are in high demand and counterfeiters know that. They're out in force to provide you with every trinket you could possibly want except, well, except real sanctioned stuff.
For more on the amount of counterfeit goods Super Bowl brings in and tips on what to look out...Read More
In their continued efforts to protect us from the dangers of unauthorized drugs, the FDA now has the authority to destroy suspicious shipments, at their discretion, without notifying the shipper. First proposed last year, the Food and Drug Administra...tion Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) amendment replaces the previous requirement to return refused drugs to the shipper. They now intend to “better protect the public health by [allowing] for the destruction of certain refused drugs, thus increasing the integrity of the drug supply chain.” Once destroyed, the drugs can no longer be re-shipped in the hope that the products will slip past...Read More
When a domain name contains one of your brands, web users often expect to be directed to relevant content relating to that brand. If they are not, it can create a suboptimal customer interaction with your brand.
What’s the best way to make sure your... redirects make sense? For starters, you should:
Redirect your defensive domain names to relevant content: If a domain name contains your brand, it should point to content relevant to your brand. Even domain names containing generic category or industry terms should point to content related to those terms.
Decide how to address derogatory domain names: Of course...Read More
After more than a week away at the ICANN meeting in Beijing, I am back in the office, and mostly over my jetlag, mostly. Many colleagues and clients have asked, “So, what happened?”
The honest truth is, I am not really sure.
I know that progress wa...s made on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement – and that it will be posted for public comment. I know that the same is true for the Registry Agreement.
I know that there are still a number of implementation details to be ironed-out with regards to the Trademark Clearinghouse and the submission of the 50 previously...Read More