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Mar-A-Lago Trumped Again

By Steve Levy In a January 4th entry, we mentioned a UDRP claim against the domain name mar-a-lago.com that was denied based on a law firm’s failure to submit critical evidence of prior trademark rights. There’s now been a second decision denying transfer of the domain name maralago.com and the same law firm represented the complainant, DTTM Operations LLC, which …

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Too Bad, So Sad – The UDRP Is Not A Cure For Failing To Renew And Lock Your Domain Names

By Steve Levy One of the many benefits that FairWinds brings to its clients is advising them to put their valuable domain names on auto-renew and registrar lock. This seems quite obvious to brand owners who are familiar with this quirky and niche field but apparently it’s not to so many other companies. A recent …

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UDRP Complaint Against mar-a-lago.com Falls Into Common Sand Trap

By Steve Levy In 1985 Donald Trump purchased the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and, in 1995, developed it into a resort which includes a golf course, beach club, spa, guest suites, dining, boutique, and catered events for members and guests. The Club is advertised in print and online at www.maralagoclub.com. In March of 1997, a Florida …

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Don’t Read The Last Page – Trends and Predictions for UDRP Cases

By Steve Levy As the calendar flips over to a New Year, there’s glitter, candle wax, and Polaroids on the floor. As I’m cleaning up bottles, it’s only natural that my thoughts turn to the past year of domain name disputes and where things are headed in this mercurial relationship between domain names and trademarks. …

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NFTs Aren’t Just For Monkeying Around – They Could Revolutionize The Internet

By Josh Bourne It’s been a rough year for proponents of cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens, and other blockchain-based technologies. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX collapsed in November, incinerating billions of dollars of investors’ capital after its fraudulent activities were exposed. The price of many non-fungible tokens, or NFTs–a type of asset that sometimes resembles a digital trading card, most …

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NFT Domains – A New Technology That is Here to Stay

View whitepaper or read below. A new digital asset has arrived – NFT domains. The assets exist on blockchains, which operate as decentralized public ledgers with immutable data. Due to the flexible underlying technology, NFT domains have varied uses that are expected to increase in number and utilization. These domain names should not be treated the …

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Protect Yourself from Intellectual Property Infringement Online

An increasing proportion of major brands experience trademark infringement year-over-year1. As of 2020, 85% of brands saw infringement1 with a large proportion occurring online through various strategies, including counterfeit product sales, use of trademarks in domain names and social media handles, or impersonation of a brand owner. With the continuous increase of online infringement, it is …

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ICANN 71 Held Virtually to Discuss Policy

Held virtually in July 2021, ICANN 71 featured policy-focused presentations and cross-organizational sessions. The policies discussed were particularly community oriented, with an emphasis on the improvement of communications and user experiences while focusing on maintaining and improving security measures. Find some of our key takeaways below: Legal vs. Natural Persons: EPDP Phase 2A Weighs in …

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Understanding ICANN’s New Domain Abuse Reporting (DAAR)

By Alexandra Zins Throughout the related sessions at the ICANN 64 Public Meeting in Kobe, Japan, it was clear that addressing domain abuse will be a priority for ICANN moving forward. Recent news of widespread Domain Name System (DNS) attacks underscored the urgent need for registries, registrars, cybersecurity professionals, and other ICANN stakeholders to work …

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