25 February 2013

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: " . . . If you allege cybersquatting, and a UDRP panelist or panelists determine that you have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking, you may end up with more than egg on your face. Rest assured, bloggers on the internet will pick up the decision and essentially call you bad names and laugh at you. This will not be good for that trademark and brand you're trying to protect. But it could get worse under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) if you choose to file a cybersquatting lawsuit against a domain owner. There are examples of cases where the defendant has won up to $100,000 as a penalty based on a finding that the plaintiff/complainant attempted to engage in reverse domain domain name hijacking. Reverse domain name hijacking occurs when your cybersquatting allegations are frivolous and it should have been clear to your cybersquatting attorney that no claim existed. Essentially, it is trying to use the leverage of the legal system or the UDRP against a legitimate domain owner in order to force a transfer of the domain for free. . . ."

IP lawyers gird for trademark issues amid domain name expansion: " . . . ICANN is expected to begin delegating the new top-level domain names by the end of 2013, Abrams said. Of the 1,930 requests submitted during the application period of January 2012 through May 2012, 59 percent were for standard terms, like .shop, while 34 percent were for brands, according to statistics released in October by ICANN's Business Constituency group. The remaining 7 percent were for community or geographical identifiers, like .Miami. The brand applicants include the American Broadcasting Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Microsoft Corp, according to the ICANN website. Registrants could decide if only they could use their top-level domain address or if it would be open to the public, Steptoe & Johnson attorney Brian Winterfeldt said in a telephone interview with Reuters. Winterfeldt advises companies, including Google, on trademark and domain name issues. APRIL MEETING - ICANN made non-confidential portions of new top-level domain name applications public last June. If companies or others think a proposed name misuses their intellectual property, they have until March 13 to object. The names can be reviewed on the website gtldresult.icann.org.

Go Daddy Posts Biggest Sales Day in History After Super Bowl Ads Run: "The company on Tuesday reported that the Monday after the game was its biggest sales day in company history. The company provided Mashable with the following stats that illustrate a big increase over the comparable day in 2012:
Hosting sales jumped 45%; Dot-com domain sales rose 40%; New mobile customers increased by 35%; The company added 10,000 customers in total."

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