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The Impact of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on Supplemental Filings in UDRP Cases

The Impact of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on Supplemental Filings in UDRP Cases

In another blog post, I wrote about the sometimes confusing circumstances in which domain name dispute panelists will consider supplemental, or additional, filings from the parties (in addition to a complaint and response) in cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). I quoted the WIPO Overview, which states, in part, that supplemental filings may be appropriate where a party can “show its relevance to the case and why it was unable to provide that information in the complaint or response.” While the facts and circumstances of every case are obviously unique, one situation... read more

The Truth About Supplemental Filings in UDRP Cases

A typical proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) consists of a complaint and, sometimes, a response. UDRP Rule 12 makes clear that “further statements or documents from either of the Parties” are appropriate only if “the Panel… request[s], in its sole discretion.” In practice, however, such supplemental or additional filings are not uncommon, with the leading UDRP service providers — WIPO and the Forum — issuing guidance about when they may be appropriate. While WIPO’s Supplemental Rules don’t explicitly address additional filings, the WIPO “Overview” says: Panels have discretion whether to accept an unsolicited supplemental... read more

An Overview of the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)

ICANN’s newest domain name dispute policy, the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), is proving to be an unpopular enforcement tool for trademark owners, despite the growth of registrations in the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to which it applies. Instead, trademark owners are relying on the proven Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The reasons are likely attributable to a number of factors, including lack of familiarity, a high burden of proof, and a limited remedy. When the URS was first implemented in 2013, it was envisioned as a quicker and less expensive alternative to the UDRP... read more

‘Pokemon’ Domain Names Are a No-Go

The legal issues surrounding the sudden success of “Pokemon Go” — one of the world’s fastest-growing apps or games — are popping up as quickly as unhatched Eggs at a PokéStop. Within days of the game’s release, the National Safety Council issued a call that “urges pedestrians to exercise caution while playing the Pokémon Go augmented reality game” and “implores drivers to refrain from playing the game behind the wheel.” A U.S. senator sought clarification from the game’s creator about “data privacy protections, amid concerns the augmented reality hit was unnecessarily collecting vast swaths of sensitive user... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:

Domain Name Disputes

Has someone else registered a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark? Read more…

Copyright Infringement

Is someone copying text, images, music or software from your website? Read more…

Domain Name Transactions

Have you launched a new business or added a brand to an existing business? Read more…

Contracts and licenses

Are you creating or growing your Internet presence? Read more…