Courtesy of Brian Beckham from the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, here are a few important links with information that may be helpful for rights holders with ICANN’s New gTLD program now launched and accepting applications: • First, is a helpful FAQ that explains plainly the Legal Rights objection process. It’s important that rights owners are very familiar with this process and are ready to respond if in the unlikely but potentially problematic situation that another entity applies for a gTLD that includes their intellectual property. • Next, comes a summary explanation of the post gTLD delegation (beginning late... Read More
While the recent MarkMonitor Brandjacking Index® focused on the hospitality industry, the key issues raised are not unique to this sector. The issues apply to any industry where a business has an e-commerce presence alongside its distribution partners, whether they are retailers, resellers or dealers. The issues are also relevant for Internet-driven companies that rely on affiliates to drive web traffic and sales. The report examines a complex online ecosystem that relies on multiple third parties to extend a brand’s Web visibility and, ultimately, to drive traffic. Potential conflict occurs when third parties begin to compete with brands for the same... Read More
The inherent openness and anonymity of the Internet are creating unprecedented challenges for corporations. With the dramatic growth in online social media sites such as Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, companies are now faced with the challenge of managing their identities in the world of Web 2.0.  All of the major social media sites provide Terms and Conditions that strictly prohibit impersonation, as well as copyright infringement.  However, as a preemptive measure, companies should consider protecting their corporate identities and core brands by registering them across social media sites: On some sites, like Twitter and YouTube, this is especially of concern because... Read More
Yesterday, the long awaited decision in Tiffany v Ebay was released by the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, exonerating Ebay from any liability to Tiffany for infringing auctions on its site. In a sweeping ruling for Ebay, the Court emphasized that, although both Ebay and Tiffany have an interest in eliminating counterfeit Tiffany merchandise from Ebay, the burden of policing Tiffany’s valuable trademarks on the Internet falls squarely on the brand holder. In holding that Ebay was not contributorily liable for trademark infringement, the standard is not whether eBay could reasonably anticipate possible infringement, but... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More