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The Future of Domain Name Dispute Policies: The Journey Begins

The Future of Domain Name Dispute Policies: The Journey Begins

A just-launched ICANN “working group” (of which I am a member) will — eventually — help to determine the future of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the 17-year-old domain name arbitration system that has been embraced by trademark owners and criticized by some domainers; as well as the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), the new (and limited) arbitration process that applies to the new gTLDs. The Policy Development Process Working Group has been chartered by ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council to review the rights-protection mechanisms (RPMs) that have been developed for all generic... read more

Even Lawyers Have Domain Name Problems

No industry is immune from cybersquatting — not even the legal industry. In two three1 recent (and unrelated) UDRP decisions, law firms won decisions ordering the transfer of domain names that contain their trademarks. One of the cases involved Alston & Bird, the large law firm where I began my legal career and first learned about domain name disputes 20 years ago. As the UDRP decision describes it, Alston & Bird (which is often referred to as “A&B” or, in my personal experience, less frequently, “Alston”) is “a well-known law firm founded in 1893 with offices throughout the world.”... read more

Split UDRP Decisions on (Almost) Identical Domain Names

Fact: A company called Rocketgate PR LLC, which owns a U.S. registration for the trademark ROCKETPAY, filed two UDRP complaints on the same date against two different domain name registrants — for the domain names <rocketpay.com> and <rocketpays.com>. (The only difference is that the latter domain name is plural.) In both cases, the disputed domain names were associated with inactive websites. The UDRP cases were assigned to two different panelists, who issued their decisions one day apart. Surprise: Rocketgate won one of the UDRP cases and lost the other one. And, no, the singular v. plural domain names had nothing... read more

Old Cybersquatting Tactic is New Again: A Case Study from the Banking Industry

In the early days of domain name disputes (that is, the mid-1990s), cybersquatters targeted trademark owners by registering exact trademarks in the .com top-level domain (TLD) — often, because a trademark owner had not yet heard (or appreciated the potential) of the Internet. A writer for Wired magazine famously registered <mcdonalds.com> and, in an article in October 1994, wrote about how he struggled to educate the fast-food chain about domain names. “It’s easy to find an unused domain name, and so far, there are no rules that would prohibit you from owning a bitchin’ corporate name, trademarked or not,”... 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…