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  • New Jersey Highway versus Florida Pizza Restaurants in Trademark SuitMon, 07/28/2014 - 19:00

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is suing a chain of Florida pizza restaurants whose logo closely resembles the agency’s Garden State Parkway sign, according to the New Jersey Law Journal, which first reported the lawsuit.

    The agency has issues with the logo that Jersey Boardwalk Pizza uses for its two pizza restaurants, as well as on the merchandise that it sells online. It recently argued in federal court that the restaurant chain is taking advantage of the popularity of the Garden State Parkway logo. The logos (pictured below) use similar design elements, like a map of New Jersey, and similar color schemes.

    The trademark infringement suit demands that Boardwalk Pizza give up its use of the logo and relinquish all logo-embossed merchandise.

    Defending the pizza franchise company, lawyer JoyAnn Kenny wrote a letter to the lawyers of the Turnpike Authority highlighting the different nature of the two organizations’ goods and services, the Associated Press reported. While the Turnpike Authority is a government agency providing highway maintenance and travel services, Jersey Boardwalk Pizza is a pizza restaurant franchisor, Kenny said in her letter. Confusing the two is highly unlikely, she wrote, noting that the pizza restaurant’s logo had been in use since April 2011.

    The Star-Ledger quoted Boardwalk Pizza owners Skip Parratt and his brother-in-law Paul DiMatteo as saying that the suit was “hysterical” and “ridiculous,” given the fact that their Florida location is 1,300 miles away from the Garden State Parkway that it’s impossible for people to confuse the two enterprises.

    An attorney representing the Turnpike Authority disputed the restaurant’s claims noting that the Garden State Parkway features a number of service areas that include restaurants that serve pizza. “Consumers who encounter your client’s mark as used in connection with its restaurant services will mistakenly assume that your client’s use of the mark is authorized by NJTA and/or that the food items served at your client’s restaurant are associated with the food served at the restaurants located in the services areas on the Garden State Parkway,” Peter Nussbaum said. The Garden State Parkway logo has been in use since 1956.

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  • New gTLD Update: .LAWYER, Free .SCOT Domains for Scottish Babies, & MoreFri, 07/25/2014 - 21:26

    New gTLDs Launched/Announced

     Donuts Sunrises

    Registry operator Donuts has announced details of its next TLDs to launch into Sunrise as follows:

    New gTLD General Availability (Standard Registration) Pricing Sunrise Opens Sunrise Closes Sunrise Type Early Access Program (EAP) Day 1 General Availability
    .DEALS USD 20 22-Jul-14 20-Sep-14 End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served) 24-Sep-14 01-Oct-14
    .CITY USD 13 29-Jul-14 27-Sep-14 End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served) 01-Oct-14 08-Oct-14

     

    Donuts TLDs now available in German and Chinese

    Donuts are now offering IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names) in German and Chinese characters. All Donuts-operated TLDs currently in the marketplace, as well as those entering the marketplace through August, are now capable of accepting domain name registrations in the following five scripts:

    • German
    • Chinese
    • French
    • Spanish
    • English

    Please note that there will not be an additional Sunrise period for those TLDs already launched.

    The full launch schedule for Donuts’ new gTLDs can be found at: http://www.donuts.co/tlds.

    United TLD (Rightside Registry) – .ATTORNEY and .LAWYER

    Registry operator United TLD Holdco, Ltd. has announced that the next of its new gTLDs to launch into Sunrise will be .ATTORNEY and .LAWYER, as follows:

    Sunrise Opens Sunrise Closes Sunrise Type Early Access Program (EAP) Day 1 Early Access Program (EAP) closes General Availability
    29-Jul-14 27-Sep-14 End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served) 01-Oct-14 08-Oct-14 08-Oct-14

     All phases open and close at 17:00 UTC.

    During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction. The initial term of registration for a domain is one year.

    Please note that there will not be a Landrush Phase for these TLDs, but an Early Access Program (similar to Donuts’ EAP) with domains available to all, followed by General Availability, wherein domains will also be available to register on a first-come, first-served basis.

    During EAP and General Availability, domains may be registered for 110 years.

    Highly Regulated TLDs

    Please note that United TLD classifies .ATTORNEY and .LAWYER as “Highly Regulated TLDs”:

    Registrants are required to comply with all applicable laws, including those that relate to privacy, data collection, consumer protection (including in relation to misleading and deceptive conduct), fair lending, debt collection, organic farming, disclosure of data, and financial disclosures. Additionally, if a registrant collects and maintains sensitive health and financial data, they must implement reasonable and appropriate security measures commensurate with the offering of those services, as defined by applicable law.

    Safeguards for Highly Regulated TLDs:

    Registrants must provide registrar administrative contact information, which must be kept up-to-date for the notification of complaints or reports of registration abuse, as well as the contact details of the relevant regulatory, or industry self-regulatory, bodies in their main place of business. Additionally, registrants must possess any necessary authorizations, charters, licenses, and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with this Highly Regulated TLD and report any material changes to the registrant’s authorizations, charters, licenses, and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with the Highly Regulated TLD.

    .MELBOURNE

    Registry operator “The Crown in right of the State of Victoria, represented by its Department of State Development, Business and Innovation” has announced the launch of its new GeoTLD, .MELBOURNE, as follows:

    Sunrise/Limited Registration Period 1/Limited Registration Period 2 opens

     

    Sunrise/Limited Registration Period 1/Limited Registration Period 2 Sunrise Type Landrush Opens Landrush Closes General Availability
    29-Jul-14
    26-Sep-14
    End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first- served) 01-Oct-14 09-Nov-14 11-Nov-14

     

    During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names for a term of five years, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

    Participation in the Limited Registration Period 1 is restricted to applicants meeting the following eligibility criteria. Applicants must be a:

    -   Victorian government department or public entity as defined in the Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic); or

    -   Council as defined under the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic)

    and applicants must:

    -   Make an application for the domain via an Expression of Interest Application as provided by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation;

    -   Be able to demonstrate that the applied for domain name is an exact match to, or an abbreviation, or an acronym of:

    o   the official name of the applicant, or name by which the applicant is commonly known (a nickname);

    o   a product that the applicant generates or sells;

    o   a service that the applicant provides;

    o   an event that the applicant organizes or sponsors;

    o   an activity that the applicant facilitates, teaches, or trains;

    o   a venue that the applicant operates;

    o   a profession that the applicant’s employees or members practice; or

    o   a program that the applicant administers.

    During the Limited Registration Period 1 (Government Allocation Period), domains may be registered for a term of from 1–10 years.

    Participation in the Limited Registration Period 2 (.AU Priority Allocation Period) is restricted to applicants who wish to register a domain name which is an identical match to the eligible .AU domain.

    Applicants must:

    -   be the .AU registrant of the corresponding eligible .AU domain;

    -   be listed as the .AU Registrant of the eligible .AU domain in the .AU WHOIS Service for a period of 30 days after the conclusion of Limited Registration Period 2;

    -   provide to the registry within 14 days of them making the request, the .AU Certificate of Registration for the eligible .AU domain; and

    -   comply with the eligibility requirements of the TLD.

    The eligible .AU domain on which the application is based must:

    -   be an eligible .AU domain name;

    -   not have expired or been otherwise deleted or placed on hold, or locked prior to the end of Limited Registration Period 2; and

    -   not be the subject of any dispute resolution process.

    Domains may be registered for a term of three years under Limited Registration Period 2, and multiple applications for the same domain will result in an auction.

    Applications made during the Sunrise Period take priority over those made in Limited Registration Period 1, and applications made in Limited Registration Period 1 take priority over those made in Limited Registration Period 2.

    During the Landrush Period, domains may be registered for a term of two years, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

    Under General Availability, domains may be registered for a term of from 1–10 years.

    Eligibility

    In order to register or renew a domain name applicants must satisfy Criteria A, B, or C as follows:

     Criteria A – Victorian Entities

    The applicant must be an entity registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or the Australian Business Register that:

    -   has an address in the State of Victoria associated with its ABN, ACN, RBN, or ARBN; or

    -   has a valid corporate address in the State of Victoria.

    There is no restriction on the number of domain names that may be applied for.

     Criteria B – Victorian Residents

    The applicant must be an Australian citizen or resident with a valid address in the State of Victoria.

    There is no restriction on the number of domain names that may be applied for.

    Criteria C – Associated Entities

    The applicant must be an Associated Entity. The applicant may only apply for a domain name that is an exact match or partial match to, or an abbreviation, or an acronym of:

    -   the business name of the applicant, or name by which the applicant is commonly known (a nickname) and the business name must be registered with the appropriate authority in the jurisdiction in which that business is domiciled; or

    -   a product that the Associated Entity manufactures or sells to entities or individuals residing in the State of Victoria;

    -   a service that the Associated Entity provides to residents of the State of Victoria;

    -   an event that the Associated Entity organizes or sponsors in the State of Victoria;

    -   an activity that the Associated Entity facilitates in the State of Victoria; or

    -   a course or training program that the Associated Entity provides to residents of the State of Victoria.

    There is no restriction on the number of domain names that may be applied for.

    The registry will consider proposals to register or renew a domain name that includes a restricted label.

    .ORGANIC

    Registry operator Afilias Limited has announced that the next of its new gTLDs to launch into Sunrise will be .ORGANIC, as follows:

     Sunrise Opens Sunrise Closes Sunrise Type General Availability
    06-Aug-14 05-Sep-14 Start Date Sunrise (first-come, first-served) 15-Sep-14

     

    During Sunrise, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH.

    Please note that the .ORGANIC domain is restricted to organic goods and services that meet certain criteria and addresses will only be available for products, manufacturers, producers, co-packers, distributors, certifiers, wholesalers, retailers, and other qualified registrants who meet specified organic-related criteria as part of their domain name registration as follows:

    Food and Drink Company

    Domain must correspond to the name of the company, company’s certified organic product or its product category. The company must produce at least one certified organic product or the product is made with greater than 70% organic ingredients and has been verified under an approved standards body. Additional qualifiers (e.g., food, drink, snack, supplements, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Co-Packer

    Domains must correspond to the name of the company or its certified organic product category. The co-packer must have at least one packing facility that is certified organic. Additional qualifiers (e.g., geo, food, snack, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Farmer

    Domains must correspond to the name of the farm or its certified organic product category. The farmer must produce at least one certified organic product. Additional qualifiers (e.g., geo, food, snack, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Retailer

    Domains must correspond to the name of the retailer or one of its certified organic product categories it sells. The retailer must either 1) be certified organic, 2) have a dedicated webpage for the certified organic product(s) it sells, or 3) market itself as an organic retailer. The retailer must sell at least one certified organic product. Additional qualifiers (e.g., food, drink, geo, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Restaurant

    Domains must correspond to the name of the restaurant or one of the certified organic product categories it sells. The restaurant must either 1) be certified organic or 2) have a menu webpage displaying at least one certified organic product(s) that it sells. Additional qualifiers (e.g., food, drink, geo, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Personal Care Products

    Domains must correspond to 1) the name of your certified organic personal care product(s), 2) one of your certified organic personal care product categories, or 3) company name. To register a domain in this class, a registrant must produce or sell at least one certified organic product. Additional qualifiers (e.g., makeup, cosmetics, shampoo, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Textile Products

    Domains must correspond to 1) the name of your certified organic textile product(s), 2) one of your certified organic textile product categories, or 3) company name. To register a domain in this class registrant must produce or sell at least one certified organic product. Additional qualifiers (e.g., shirts, dress, sheets, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain name. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Certifier

    Domains must correspond to the name of the certifier or services it delivers. The certifier must be accredited by a recognized and registry approved standards body. Additional qualifiers (e.g., geo, food, drink, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Trade Association

    Domains must correspond to the name of the trade association. The trade association must represent the organic community and be domiciled in a country with a registry approved standards body. Additional geo-qualifiers may be incorporated as part of the domain. The default allocation mechanism in connection with a trade association name is a Request for Proposal (RFP), with the registry reserving the right to impose a reasonable cost-recovery fee on any applicants participating in such an RFP.

    Non-Profit and Not-for-Profit Organizations

    Domains must correspond to the name of the organisation and the organization must represent the organic community and be domiciled in a country with a registry-approved standards body. Additional qualifiers (e.g., geo, food, drink, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain name. The default allocation mechanism in connection with an organization name is an RFP.

    Distributor

    Domains must correspond to the name of the company or services it delivers. The distributor must either be 1) certified organic, or 2) distribute at least one certified organic product. Additional qualifiers (e.g., geo, food, snack, etc.) may be incorporated as part of the domain. Domains allocated under this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    While the default allocation mechanism in connection with each domain name classification is shown above, the registry may, at its sole discretion, determine the most prudent means to allocate any domain name in the TLD.

    Verification of Eligibility

    Verification of the registrant’s information will be required within 15 days of registration. Prior to the verification of the registrant information, the domain will be held in a pending status and will not function on the Internet. Verification information may include name of certified operator, registrant class, country, standards body (certifier) and license number, or other information may be provided that shows the registrant meets the criteria of the registrant class. Domains that are not verified within the 15-day period, or fail verification within the 15-day period, will be deleted.

    Standard Registrations

    There should be a clear and logical nexus between the activities of the registrant within the organic market and the domain name being registered. Registrants shall have a bona fide intention to use the domain name inpromoting, developing, educating, or engaging in commerce regarding the organic market. Domain names will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

     .PHYSIO

    Registry operator PhysBiz Pty Ltd has announced the launch schedule for its new gTLD, .PHYSIO, as follows:

    Sunrise Phase Sunrise Type Limited Registration Phase Landrush
    Phase
    General
    Availability
    01-Sep-14
    31-Oct-14
    Sunrise End (not first-come, first-served) 01-Sep-14
    31-Oct-14
    05-Nov-14
    05-Dec-14
    06-Dec-14

    During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names for a term of one year, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

    Participation in the Limited Registration Period is restricted to applicants who are approved by the registry and domains allocated as a result of the Limited Registration Period must:

    -   be actively promoted and used by the applicant within three months of the end of the Limited Registration Period;

    -   not be redirected to another domain name; and

    -   not be transferred, whether by reference to control or use, to another entity.

    During the Landrush Period any interested eligible party may register a domain name for a term of between 1–10 years, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

    Domains registered under General Availability will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Eligibility requirements under all Launch Phases

     In order to register or renew a domain under .PHYSIO, the applicant must satisfy either Criteria A or Criteria B as follows:

    Criteria A:

    Where a professional association that is a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy exists in the country where the applicant resides the applicant must:

    Be a natural person; and

    1. Be entitled to be a member of the professional association of the country where they reside or were educated.

    Criteria B:

    In the case where a professional association exists, but is not a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, or where a professional association does not exist in the country where the applicant resides, the applicant must:

    Be a natural person; and

    1. Be completing, or have completed, a program of study that affords eligibility to practice physiotherapy in that country.

    Criteria C:

    In the case of a company or organization:

    One of their primary purposes must be to support, promote, service, or supply persons identified in Criteria A or B, as an identified professional group; and

    1. They may only register a domain name that is a close and substantial match to their business name, product, or service.

    The list of professional associations that are members of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy is available at the following link: http://www.wcpt.org/members.

     .VLAANDEREN and .BRUSSELS

     Registry operator DNS.be vzw has announced the launch schedule for its new GeoTLDs, .VLAANDEREN and .BRUSSELS, as follows:

    Sunrise Phase Sunrise Type Govt, Org,
    Corp
    Phase
    Private Indiv. Phase Landrush Phase General
    Availability
    01-Sep-14
    01-Oct-14
    first-come, first- served) 02-Oct-14
    03-Nov-14
    13-Nov-14
    15-Dec-14
    16-Dec-14
    15-Jan-15
    20-Jan-15

     

    During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH and meets the following criteria:

    the trademark is a Benelux trademark (code BX) and is registered with the Benelux Bureau for Intellectual Property (BBIE);

    • the trademark is a European trademark registration (code EM) and has been registered via OHIM; or
    • the trademark is an International trademark registration (code WO) that is valid in Belgium and registered via WIPO.

    Governments, Organizations, and Companies Phase

    A Governments, Organizations and Companies Phase will follow Sunrise, wherein government institutions, companies, and organizations established in Belgium may submit an application for ‘organizationname.vlaanderen’ or ‘organizationname.brussels,’ namely:

    1. Government institutions established in Belgium
    • institutions and bodies belonging to national, regional, provincial, and local government bodies
    • public authorities, organizations or bodies
    • European, international, and intergovernmental organizations.
    1. Companies or businesses with their (head) office in Belgium

    These are companies and businesses that have a head office or ordinary domicile in Belgium (no postbox addresses). Companies can be a public limited company, or a one-man band, and self-employed businesses also fall within this category.

    1. Organizations established in Belgium

    These are organizations that are domiciled in Belgium (no postbox addresses) and in the first instance, non-profit associations, foundations, and international non-profit associations, with one requirement being that the organization must be a legal entity.

    During this phase, you can apply for the following domains:

    • your official name or designation, the acronym of that name, your trademark or brand name, the name of a geographical area, and name of origin or provenance if you are a government institution;
    • your brand name, trading name, company name, and name of origin or provenance if you are a company; or
    • your brand name, trading name, company name, and name of origin or provenance if you are an organization.

    For Stage One (the application), there are no formalities to carry out, however, under Stage Two (the validation investigation), it will be necessary to fulfill a number of formalities: you will receive the contact details of the validator, together with instructions on how to upload your supporting documents (documents, references to online registers or databases, files, etc., that demonstrate your entitlement to the domain name you are requesting).

    Multiple applications for the same domain will result in an auction.

    Private individuals Phase

    During this phase, all holders of a valid Belgian eID card having Belgian nationality, regardless of their place of residence or the age of the holder, may apply for domains corresponding with:

    • their family name
    • their family name and first name
    • their first name and family name
    • their family name and the first letter of their first name
    • the first letter of their first name and family name

    It will be necessary to validate your personal details via the DNS Belgium ‘eID wizard’ at its website (where the data on your eID card is scanned using a card reader) and what is on your eID card defines the list of domains from which you can choose. After selecting the name(s) you want, you will receive confirmation of your reservation and a registration code for each domain reserved, which is required by your registrar in order to register the domains. (Such registration codes are only valid for seven days, otherwise the reserved domains will be released again.)

    Landrush Phase

    Under the Landrush Phase, anyone can apply for domains without restrictions, either in terms of applicant, location, or place of residence, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

    General Availability

    Domains will be available to all without restriction under General Availability on a first-come, first-served basis. IDNs will be available in the Latin characters which are used in the three communities of Belgium (Dutch, French, and German-speaking communities) – see http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/domain-name/valid-domain-name.

    .MEET – Sunrise Postponed

    Registry operator Afilias Limited has advised that the planned launch of the .MEET TLD has temporarily been put on hold and Sunrise did not commence on 22 July 2014 as initially announced. An update on plans for .MEET will be released as they become available.

     .RIO – Sunrise Cancelled

    We have been advised by the back-end service provider for .RIO, NIC.br, that the ongoing Sunrise period for the official TLD for the city of Rio de Janeiro has been cancelled, pending policy changes. While there is no firm deadline for new policies, the formal ICANN communications process will signal when it becomes active and what the policies will be for the operation of the TLD.

    The original launch schedule for this GeoTLD was for Sunrise from 30 June to 3 August 2014 with General Availability from 4 August 2014.

     .CLUB – Five Additional Premium Auction Domains

    Registry operator .Club Domains, LLC has announced that five additional premium .CLUB domains have recently been added to auction house Heritage Auctions’ current “Domain Names & Intellectual Properties #1120” auction, which concludes on 24 July 2014.

    The following .CLUB names are being offered in the Heritage Auction:

    BITCOIN.CLUB

    BABY.CLUB

    LUXURY.CLUB

    COMICBOOKS.CLUB

    COINCOLLECTING.CLUB

    New gTLDs Currently Running

    Registry operator Dot Scot Registry Limited’s new GeoTLD, .SCOT, has been featured in the news this week, with articles at domainnews.com and bbc.co.uk. A Pioneer Program for the TLD, which entered into Sunrise on 15 July, has also gone live for the purpose of promoting the .SCOT TLD, wherein it will allow registration of a maximum of 90 domains to be selected by the registry from among eligible expressions of interests received, based on a criteria of visibility, notoriety, and commitment to the promotion of the .SCOT TLD.

    Among those who have signed up so far are the Scottish government, the main “yes” and “no” campaign groups for the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence, “Yes Scotland” and “Better Together,” as well as WWF Scotland, NHS Scotland, and Scouts Scotland. International pioneers include the Louisiana Scots and the Clan Wallace. This comes ahead of the referendum and of course the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow from 23 July.

    The Pioneer Program is set to run until 15 September 2014, with domains available to all from 23 September 2014.

    Meanwhile, the registry has announced that if you know someone who had a baby in Scotland on 15 July, they will secure their .SCOT domain for them for free (they will ask for some proof!).

    The full articles can be found at:

    http://www.domainnews.com/scot-pioneer-domains-go-live.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28300195

    The total number of new gTLDs registered now stands at 1,576,258 (Source http://ntldstats.com).

     Closing Soon

    Launch Phase New gTLD Closing Date
    Sunrise .LIMITED 26-Jul-14
    Sunrise .FAIL 26-Jul-14
    Sunrise .WTF 26-Jul-14
    Sunrise .FINANCIAL 26-Jul-14
    Landrush .ROCKS 28-Jul-14
    Landrush .ACTOR 28-Jul-14
    Sunrise .网络 (xn--io0a7i) – Chinese for “network” 30-Jul-14
    Sunrise .公司 (xn--55qx5d) – Chinese for “company” 30-Jul-14
    Sunrise .REISE 31-Jul-14
    Sunrise .LONDON 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .网址 (.xn--ses554g) – Chinese for “network address” (“web address”) 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .VODKA 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .COOKING 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .RODEO 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .COUNTRY 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .HORSE 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .FISHING 31-Jul-14
    Landrush .LONDON 31-Jul-14
    Sunrise .VEGAS 01-Aug-14
    Sunrise .SURGERY 02-Aug-14
    Sunrise .DENTAL 02-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CARE 02-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CLINIC 02-Aug-14
    Sunrise .YOKOHAMA 04-Aug-14
    Sunrise .TAX 09-Aug-14
    Sunrise .FUND 09-Aug-14
    Sunrise .INVESTMENTS 09-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CASH 09-Aug-14
    Sunrise .BIO 10-Aug-14
    Landrush .BIO 10-Aug-14
    Landrush .HAUS 11-Aug-14
    Sunrise .HAMBURG 13-Aug-14
    Sunrise .FURNITURE 16-Aug-14
    Sunrise .DISCOUNT 16-Aug-14
    Sunrise .FITNESS 16-Aug-14
    Sunrise .SCHULE 16-Aug-14
    Sunrise .DESI 16-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CAREER 17-Aug-14
    Sunrise .AUDIO 19-Aug-14
    Sunrise .HIPHOP 19-Aug-14
    Sunrise .JUEGOS 19-Aug-14
    Sunrise .HIV 20-Aug-14
    Sunrise .BLACK 21-Aug-14
    Sunrise .HOST 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .PRESS 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .WEBSITE 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CREDIT 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CLAIMS 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .CREDITCARD 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .GRATIS 23-Aug-14
    Sunrise .GLOBAL 24-Aug-14
    Sunrise .ACCOUNTANTS 30-Aug-14
    Sunrise .DIGITAL 30-Aug-14
    Sunrise .INSURE 30-Aug-14
    Sunrise .FINANCE 30-Aug-14
    Sunrise .REN 30-Aug-14
    Sunrise .OKINAWA 30-Aug-14
    Sunrise .삼성 (.xn--cg4bki) – Korean for “Samsung/Samseong” 30-Aug-14

     New gTLDs Delegated

    The first new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program were delegated on 23 October 2013. This means they were added into the Internet’s Root Zone, the authoritative database for the Internet.

    Nine further new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program have recently been delegated, taking the total to 334:

    Date String Registry
    13-Jul-14 .GENT COMBELL GROUP NV/SA
    11-Jul-14 .NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) Minds + Machines GmbH
    11-Jul-14 .SCB The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (“SCB”)
    10-Jul-14 .DEALS Sand Sunset, LLC (Donuts)
    10-Jul-14 .MELBOURNE The Crown in right of the State of Victoria, represented by its Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
    10-Jul-14 .CITY Snow Sky, LLC (Donuts)
    03-Jul-14 .SCHMIDT SALM S.A.S.
    03-Jul-14 .CUISINELLA SALM S.A.S.
    03-Jul-14 .CANCERRESEARCH Australian Cancer Research Foundation

     

    The complete list of new gTLDs delegated to date is available at: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings.

     New gTLDs Signed

    The following new gTLD Registry operators have recently entered into a Registry Agreement with ICANN, under which they will operate their new gTLDs:

    New gTLD Registry Operator Date Contract Signed with ICANN
    .BLOOMBERG Bloomberg IP Holdings LLC 17-Jul-14
    .GBIZ Charleston Road Registry Inc. 17-Jul-14
    .SEW SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG 17-Jul-14
    .HERMES HERMES INTERNATIONAL 10-Jul-14
    .IMMO Auburn Bloom, LLC (Donuts) 10-Jul-14
    .RIP United TLD Holdco Ltd. 10-Jul-14
    .TAIPEI Taipei City Government 10-Jul-14

     

    So far, a total of 471 Registry Agreements have been signed. The full list of Registry Agreements can be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries.

  • Change Proposed for Russian Trademark LawWed, 07/23/2014 - 21:10

    This month, Russia’s authority responsible for intellectual property protection floated the idea of changing trademark law so that it no longer treats naturalistic images of products and descriptive trademarks as an argument for distinctiveness, according to a World Trademark Review blog post.

    The proposal drew mixed reactions, with some suggesting the amendment could soften rules for product packaging in the country, while others expressed fears it might prompt “a lot of concern,” noting there are far more serious problems that require the authority’s attention.

    A number of cases highlighting the issue that the Federation Council on Intellectual Property wants to deal with can be cited, according to WTR. These involve companies that hold trademark rights for packaging and descriptive elements that start infringement suits against competitors. One of them is crispbread maker Elizaveta, which holds trademark rights to the packaging of its products and has brought civil action against sector players using a similar image of crispbread for their packages.

    According to Support of Russia vice president Natalya Zolotykh, quoted in an article in Izvestia, the main problem is that holders of descriptive trademarks and trademarks containing a product image aim to monopolize the market by preventing others from selling similar products. Russia’s IP authority sees the very same problem, stating that this type of trademark has negative implications for the market. The council’s proposed change to the law seeks to close this loophole. While there’s no information about when the modifications will move forward, it’s expected that some companies will try to block it.

    Meanwhile, global consumer market research company Canadean considers that such a change would be good for local brands. The research company stated on its website that it is upbeat that it would open sound opportunities for new brands and drive a change in market trends among local consumers.

    What’s your opinion of the proposed amendment?