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New Zealand’s .Nz namespace gets preliminary injuction against DomainTools

Judge orders DomainTools to cease collecting and publishing .nz Whois records. Domain Name Commission (DNC), the organization that manages New Zealand’s .nz domain name, has won a big victory against DomainTools. U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik has granted DNC’s motion for preliminary judgment against DomainTools. DNC alleged that DomainTools collected and published .nz Whois […]

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ICANN surveys domain registrants about trademark claims notices

Survey is well-intentioned but is unlikely to provide good data. ICANN is requesting feedback from domain name registrants about trademark claims notices from the Trademark Clearinghouse. Domain name investors that registered new top level domain names are probably familiar with these notices. When you try to register a domain that matches a trademark in the […]

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Defunct app maker hit with reverse domain name hijacking

App maker files UDRP and then shuts down its business. The maker of a now-defunct app called Yish has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Yish.com. The company used various domain names including yishapp.com, yish.co, yish.app, yish.io and yish.menu. It understandably wanted Yish.com, but that domain was […]

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XYZ asks court to make Verisign lawsuit documents public

Company that runs .xyz domain wants to make documents from legal battle public. XYZ.com, LLC, the company that operates the .xyz top level domain name, has asked a court (pdf) to let it make certain documents from a lawsuit with Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) public. Verisign, the registry that operates the .com and .net top level domains, sued […]

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You need to hire a specialist lawyer for domain name disputes

Another example of a UDRP case gone wrong that might have gone the other way with different arguments. Would you hire a personal injury lawyer to file a trademark application? I hope not. You should hire an attorney who specializes in trademarks. When it comes to cybersquatting claims, it’s important to hire someone who has […]

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Pilot Fitness, LLC tried reverse domain name hijacking

Fitness website for pilots tries to get the .net to match its .com but is found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking instead. Pilot Fitness, LLC, a company that helps traveling professionals stay fit, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name PilotFitness.net. The company uses PilotFitness.com for […]

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Here’s why NAR can trademark “.Realtor”

.Realtor should qualify under updated USPTO guidelines for trademarking top level domain names. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) has filed a trademark application for “.REALTOR”. I’ve harped about how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t allow trademarks for top level domain names, but this case is different. The USPTO has updated its guidelines […]

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Community-driven new TLDs have a tricky balancing act

.Radio’s rules against generic domains seem counterproductive. At what point does a new top level domain name created for a community move from protecting its community to stifling innovation? Many community top level domain name applicants have restrictions in place to keep out domain investors and speculators. The case of .radio makes me wonder if […]

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Playboy gets Centerfolds.com domain name in cybersquatting dispute

Iconic adult entertainment brand gets control of Centerfolds.com domain that was registered back in 1995. Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. has won control of the domain name Centerfolds.com after filing a cybersquatting dispute against the domain name. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist determined that the current owner of the domain, E-Magine, registered the domain in bad […]

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Gesab, S.A. tries to reverse domain name hijack DeskWall.com

Panelist says Complainant knew or (should have known) that it couldn’t prove registration and use in bad faith. Gesab, S.A., a company in Barcelona that sells a product called DeskWall, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by filing a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name DeskWall.com. The company first tried […]

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