Portfolio Marketing Director
Protecting pharmaceutical innovations from counterfeit attacks
Clarivate Analytics recently released its Cortellis Drugs to Watch 2019 report, which analyzed seven drugs set to enter the market this year and achieve "blockbuster" status ($1 billion in annual sales) by 2023. Blockbuster drugs face great market potential and are often a “make or break” for some pharmaceutical companies, especially those with a limited drug pipeline or small portfolio. As with any new product, they can face an onslaught of competitive challenges in the market, but the one competitor that must not be forgotten is the threat posed by counterfeiters. The pharma industry is one of the most regulated sectors in the... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Blazing new trails for data discovery at ICANN64
Last week, more than 1,700 individuals from around the globe attended the first ICANN meeting of the year, hosted in Kobe, Japan. Members of our Domain, Sales, Marketing and GRM teams actively participated in the ICANN policy development and informational working sessions and held important meetings with valued Japanese clients and business partners. As has been the case for the last year, the most important discussions at ICANN last week involved the work of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) and the working group tasked with developing a new policy for the collection, storage, transfer, and display of registrant data, commonly... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
GDPR, WHOIS and impacts to brand protection: Nine months later
Last October, we posted an article describing the impacts of redacted registration data (“WHOIS”) on its domain name protection, anti-counterfeit, anti-piracy, and anti-fraud services. As explained in that post, MarkMonitor uses WHOIS data for several legitimate purposes, including investigating infringing domain names, identifying the source of phishing attacks, and issuing cease & desist letters to cybercriminals, counterfeiters, and infringers. When GDPR became effective, ICANN issued a Temporary Specification for the collection, storage and display of registration data and, since that time, MarkMonitor has been working with registrars and registries to obtain WHOIS data needed to stop infringement and other forms of... Read More
Senior Writer
International Women's Day spotlight: WWE leader brings impact to IP protection
For Lauren Dienes-Middlen, protecting fans from counterfeit product and removing unauthorized sharing of video content has proven no small feat. Challenging, yes. But, she says, a real impact can be made. Seventeen years in to her stint with World Wrestling Entertainment, the now senior vice president and assistant general counsel, intellectual property, finds herself worlds away from her beginnings at boutique law firms. Her watchful eye helps protect more than 9,000 trademark applications and registrations worldwide as well as the content of globally-renowned entertainment programming that reaches more than 800 million homes worldwide. With International Women’s Day on the horizon, we... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Sales of counterfeit goods linked to other crimes
Last month, CNBC reported that, for the first time since becoming a public company, Amazon added a risk factor to its Annual Report addressing the growing problem of counterfeit goods on its marketplace. The 10-K filing read, in part: “We also may be unable to prevent sellers in our stores or through other stores from selling unlawful, counterfeit, pirated, or stolen goods, selling goods in an unlawful or unethical manner, violating the proprietary rights of others, or otherwise violating our policies.” Amazon’s admission of the counterfeit problem is significant because for the last several years, the sale and distribution of counterfeit... Read More

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With more than 14 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More