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The Dark Side of the .AI TLD: Implications for Brand Owners

By Tom Wells and Gabe Bonifacio Introduction With the rapid advancement of technology and the increasing popularity of artificial intelligence (AI), the adoption of the .AI top-level domain (TLD) has gained momentum. The TLD was created for the small Caribbean Island of Anguilla but has attracted individuals and companies alike due to the artificial intelligence …

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Towing The Line On Trademarks – Can You Hitch An Infringement Claim To A UDRP Case?

By Steve Levy It is a foundational concept that the UDRP was created to deal with abuse of trademarks through the registration and use of domain names, namely, “cybersquatting”. These are situations where a domain name takes unfair advantage of a brand owner’s reputation for illicit gain. Obvious cases are phishing, counterfeit products, monetized links …

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Registrar Hopping. What is it and how do I protect myself from it?

By Tom Wells What is registrar hopping? Registrar hopping is the strategic transfer of domain name registrations between registrars at low or no cost. Registrants utilize the technique to limit domain name expenses or avoid repercussions for malicious activities like trademark infringement or malware. The exploitation of these registrar transfers allows bad actors to remain …

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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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