domain names

An Initial Call for a More Enhanced UDRP

Since its launch on December 1, 1999, the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) has been an effective tool to quickly remove domain names which infringe upon the trademark rights of others on the Internet. The Internet has changed dramatically since 1999, but the UDRP has remained the same and has not adapted to address the significant dangers associated with malware, phishing and spear attacks perpetrated by cybersquatters.

ServiceMaster Clubs The Competition

Simply registering a .CLUB domain name doesn’t classify you as a “fan” in the eyes of the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), as a recent panelist determined. Although a registrant may have legitimate interests in a “fan site” that incorporates a trademark in the domain name, such use should be clearly distinct from an official site and should be noncommercial in nature.

Safeguarding Your Brand: Why Sen. Cruz should Take his Cue from Taylor Swift and Buy TedCruz.Porn

Everyone’s favorite season is finally here. No, not baseball season, Election Season! On Monday, March 23, 2015, Republican hopeful Ted Cruz announced that he would be running for POTUS, the first declared candidate of the season. The staunchly conservative Tea Party darling, Senator Cruz’s official website is TedCruz.org. Yes, <.org> because someone else already owns TedCruz.com.

TedCruz.com is a simple site, with a simple message:

SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA.

How Do I Register a Domain Name in the New Top Level Domains? Looking Beyond .com to Secure Your Piece of .anything

Have you ever come up with a great idea for a .com URL and wanted to register the domain name only to find you are unable to do so because someone beat you to it?  The good news is that the Internet is growing beyond the familiar .com, .org, .gov and .edu to introduce over 1,000 new “top level domains” (“TLDs”), expanding the realm of possibilities to obtain registrations in anything from the .auction to .zulu TLDs.  The bad news, however, is that you may have to act fast if you want prime registrations.

WIPO Decision Entered in Favor of Mastercard International, Inc.

On August 19, 2013, a WIPO Panel issued a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP) decision in favor of MasterCard International, Inc. for the domain name <mastercardtravel.com>.

In finding that the use of the infringing domain name was not bona fide the Panel stated:

Court Allows Antitrust Claims Against ICANN To Proceed Over .XXX Domains

On August 14, 2012, a California federal court judge allowed antitrust claims to proceed against ICANN, putting it at risk of liability for its delegation of top-level domain names.

Manifest Destiny: Expanding The Virtual Landscape

Contrary to contemporary economic reports, the real estate industry is booming. Palatial stretches of barren territory are being purchased, with many parties fighting over those areas predicted to be most desirable to visitors. While these areas are presently undeveloped, they will rapidly evolve into epic sites containing entertainment venues and businesses to suit every consumer taste and professional need. Don’t call the movers just yet. Put away that packing tape. This is the virtual real estate market.

Mark Partridge Quoted in Law Report on Defensive Registration of Generic Top Level Domains

A recent BNA Electronic Commerce and Law Report article entitled “Will Mere Uncertainty Drive Brand Owners To Participate in ICANN’s New gTLDs Effort?”, 17 Elec. Com. & L. Rep. 392, extensively quotes Mark V.B. Partridge. The article discusses brand owners’ defensive registration of the new generic top level domain names (gTLDs).

ICANN and ICM Sued Over .XXX Domains

It is somewhat ironic that a major controversy concerning the new .XXX top level domain has erupted from within the adult entertainment industry itself. ICANN, the company responsible for operating the Internet domain name system, and ICM, the sole company appointed by ICANN to administer the .XXX registry, have been sued by the owners of several prominent adult websites. The lawsuit alleges that ICANN and ICM conspired to violate antitrust laws, particularly by instituting certain procedures regarding so-called “defensive registrations.” These are domain name reg

WIPO Domain Name Decision Entered in Favor of Mastercard International Incorporated

On November 9, 2011, a World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Panel issued a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) decision in favor MasterCard International Incorporated, a client of Partridge IP Law, for the domains <mastercardworld.com>, WIPO Case Number D2011-1507. 

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