Domain Names With Geographic Designations – Trademark Law Read more

Domain Names With Geographic Designations – Trademark Law

Domain name disputes and domain name litigation are important areas of Internet law.  Sometimes an individual registers a domain name containing a a geographic designation, such as the name of a city.  Whether the domain name owner enjoys trademark protection depends on certain elements.  What if the domain name registered includes the name of a […]

Microsoft Corporation Sues a Dentist for Trademark Infringement and Cybersquatting Read more

Microsoft Corporation Sues a Dentist for Trademark Infringement and Cybersquatting

The Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) makes those who register infringing domain names in bad faith liable to civil suits from a trademark owner.  

Microsoft has filed a trademark infringement suit against a California dentist, Dr. Saed Said, who has registered more than 40 Internet domains with names similar to Microsoft’s products or brands,
including: aMicrosoftShop.com, aMicrosoftStore.com, XboxOutlet.info and XboxMarket.mobi.

Microsoft claims that Dr. Said operates the domains with the intent to divert Internet surfers looking for Microsoft’s products. “The person has been diverted from the Microsoft Web site he or she
was seeking to visit, and Microsoft has lost the …

ICANN fails to pass domain name WHOIS registry privacy reforms Read more

ICANN fails to pass domain name WHOIS registry privacy reforms

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) failed to overcome a stalemate on its efforts to reform the way that domain names WHOIS data is handled. The WHOIS
registry contains the names, address, and contact information of Internet domain name registrants. The information contained in the registry is public, with the exception of domain names with proxy
registration.

Businesses, law enforcement, and especially Intellectual Property and Internet Lawyers regularly utilize the domain names WHOIS registry to identify cybersquatters, spammers, phishers, trademark
infringers, copyright infringers, and others. However, the WHOIS registry is also open to abuse and …