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Sports Direct triumphs over cybersquatter

Canada, UK, US03-08-2016Jill Bainbridge

A recent case demonstrates that a speedy and economic resolution can be achieved through domain name complaints, and that jurisdictional issues can be overcome, says Jill Bainbridge of Blake Morgan.

Domain name abuse: ICANN’s masterplan for fighting bad actors

International, US27-07-2016

In July ICANN proposed several measures aimed at clamping down on abuse of the domain name system. TBO looks at some of the proposals and assesses how effective they will be.

UDRP roundup: wins for Virgin, Lacoste and VW


Virgin Group, Lacoste and Volkswagen all recorded cybersquatting victories recently at WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. TBO provides a summary of the disputes and their implications.

Domain names in a post-Brexit world


As the political fallout of Brexit continues Nick Wood, managing director of domain name management company Com Laude, takes a look at the effect on the slightly less discussed, but nevertheless important, area of domain names.

Keeping an eye on domain name trends

International06-07-2016Jean Guillon

Jean Guillon, chief executive at gTLD consultancy service Jovenet Consulting, provides a snapshot of the uptake—or not—of new gTLDs. This week, he focuses on new gTLDs related to the finance industry.

Keeping the internet functioning

EU29-06-2016Adam Rendle and Emma Sagir

The implications of the role of hyperlinkers in the communication of protected works are becoming clearer in Europe, say Adam Rendle and Emma Sagir of Taylor Wessing.

Lessons and questions from WIPO’s UDRP statistics

International, US22-06-2016Gareth Dickson

A review of cybersquatting filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2015 provides some food for thought for brand owners, who need to make their voice heard as ICANN conducts a review of rights protection mechanisms. Gareth Dickson of Cooley reports.

Online brand protection war stories: a roundup from INTA 2016


The International Trademark Association’s 2016 annual meeting in Orlando in May included plenty of sessions covering online IP issues. Here we provide a rundown of five of the most interesting topics.

Tackling trademark trolls

US08-06-2016Sharon Daboul

Trademark trolls are no longer exclusively a big brand problem, but what can small and medium-sized enterprises do to combat the risks? Sharon Daboul, attorney at law firm EIP, has some practical suggestions.

They’re not faking it: China needs cooperation to combat counterfeiting

China01-06-2016Paul Mandell

Social media platforms and brand owners would do well to stop pointing fingers and get involved in reducing the production and sale of counterfeit goods in China themselves, says Paul Mandell of Consero.

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