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The Growing Importance of Language in UDRP Proceedings

The Growing Importance of Language in UDRP Proceedings

An increasing number of domain name disputes are being conducted in languages other than English, a trend that presents a new challenge for some trademark owners. In 2015, 85.77% of all domain names disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) were conducted in English — down from an all-time average of 88.01% and a record high (in 2000) of 99.84% (disregarding 1999, the first year of the UDRP, because only one case was filed — in English — that year). The recent change may be slight — and clearly English remains the dominant language — but the drop over... read more

Is the DMCA an Effective Way to Take Down Infringing Content?

As promised at an end-of-the-year (2015) announcement, the U.S. Copyright Office has now launched a comment submission process about the “safe harbor provisions” of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA is often used by copyright owners to get infringing content — images, text, videos, music, even software — removed from problematic websites. Section 512 of the DMCA, commonly referred to as the “safe harbor” or “take-down” provision of the law, provides an incentive for “service providers” such as website hosting companies and online publishers (including those who accept user-generated content) to remove infringing content posted by... read more

When Companies Merge, Cybersquatters Emerge

Big corporate mergers sometimes create big domain name headaches. Aside from increasing the burden and expense of managing a potentially extra-large portfolio of domain name registrations, a prominent merger can alert cybersquatters about new opportunities. This is especially true when the merger is — as is usually the case — announced before completion and when the deal is quite large. For example, the recently announced $15.4 billion deal between Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden will, as The Wall Street Journal reported, combine such high-profile brands as Sharpie markers and Baby Jogger strollers with Rawlings baseball gloves and Mr. Coffee machines.... read more

WIPO Domain Name Dispute Filings Rise 4.5% in 2015

The number of domain name complaints climbed by 4.5 percent in 2015, reaching the third-highest level since the launch of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 1999. Although the total number of disputed domain names in those complaints actually dropped — by more than 22 percent — the decrease was largely due to one unusually large case in 2014 (a single eBay dispute with 1,152 domain names) that skewed the numbers. As a result, the average number of domain names per complaint decreased to 1.58 from 2.13. These statistics are from the World Intellectual Property... 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…