Quite possibly the most controversial TLD ever to have launched, .sucks is now on general sale. John Berard, chief executive of Vox Populi, the registry behind the contentious domain, gives his side of the story and explains why brands can benefit from a .sucks web address.
The British government is showing commitment to IP protection but there is still much to be done, says Mike Weatherley, former IP adviser to the prime minister.
With so much going on at ICANN, the resignation of chief executive Fadi Chehadé couldn’t have come at a trickier time. Greg Shatan, president of the IP constituency at the organisation, ponders who might step up to the plate and discusses the task he or she faces.
Whether the presence of an internet hyperlink could potentially be a copyright-infringing communication is a continuing question for the European courts. Peder Oxhammar and James Whymark of Baker & McKenzie report.
Alibaba Group platforms are often at the top of the list of brand-infringing e-commerce websites, says Jan Maarten Laurijssen of Pointer Brand Protection. Here are some tips for how brands can stay safe and detect infringements.
To establish goodwill for a trademark, it is vital to show that the product or service is provided to consumers in the UK and is not simply intended as advertising for a product or service provided elsewhere, as proven by the UK Supreme Court's recent judgment in Starbucks (HK) v Sky. Jeremy Blum and Flora Greenwood of Bristows discuss the case.
Mobile apps are changing consumers’ relationships with domain names, which could reduce the need for brands to register generic top-level-domains defensively, say Antony Gold and Lauren Somers of patent and trademark attorney firm HGF.
The .sucks domain has caused controversy among some brand owners due to its pricing structure, but the registry maintains it has done nothing wrong. TBO finds out more.
The coming months will show how brands rise to the challenges and opportunities of an internet audience that is still relatively uninformed about the new gTLD programme, says Samantha Demetriou of domain name strategy consultancy FairWinds Partners.
Proposed changes to performance rights licensing could result in a big increase in costs for music streaming services, says Paul Fakler of Arent Fox.