Entries categorised as Trade Marks in Cyberspace:

ICANN puts off decision on .wine and .vin gTLDs (again)

Posted On April 8, 2014
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ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) has again deferred consideration of the applications for <.wine> and <.vin>, in response to concerns raised by the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and vigorous objections from the wine industry.

According to the NGPC decision, ICANN has deferred contracting for the <.wine> and <.vin> gTLDs “in order to provide additional time for the relevant impacted parties to negotiate, which they are encouraged to do”.

In addition, the NGPC recommends that the full Board of ICANN “consider the larger implications of legally complex and politically sensitive issues such as those raised by GACmembers, including whether ICANN is the proper venue in which to resolve these issues, or whether there are venues or forums better suited to address concerns such as those raised by GAC members in relation to the .WINE and .VIN applications”.

Italy implements administrative take-down of sites selling fake goods

The Italian Antitrust Authority now has the power – limited to the Italian territory – to shut down clone websites selling counterfeit or pirate goods.

IP Law Galli reports that the Antitrust Authority has used its power to shut down hundreds of clone websites in response to complaints lodged by IP rights owners.

WIPO debates whether governments can, or should, own their country names

Posted On March 21, 2014
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A proposal has been tabled at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a non-binding instrument on the protection of country names against misleading trademarks.

IP Watch reports that the proposal was received with interest by some member states while others, like the United States and South Africa, raised strong concerns.

US court holds no infringement to use competitor’s trademark as a Google AdWord

Posted On October 8, 2013
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A US appeals court has ruled it is not an infringement to use a competitor’s trademark to activate Google sponsored links.

In 1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. Lens.com, Inc., it was argued that the purchase of keywords matching 1-800 Contacts’ trademark caused “initial-interest confusion” in customers, resulting in their clicking on a link to Lens.com’s website when their original interest was in visiting 1-800 Contacts’ website.

The Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit found that, because  only 1.5% of searchers actually clicked on the sponsored link, it could not be concluded that Lens.com’s keyword activity was likely to lure consumers away from 1-800. Accordingly, there was no likelihood of confusion, and so no trademark infringement.

Display of TM on non-Canadian website may be use of TM in Canada

Posted On September 11, 2013
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A Canadian Federal Court has confirmed that use of a trademark on a non-Canadian website available in Canada and  in association with services provided in Canada constitutes use of the trademark in Canada, reports Smart & Biggar Fetherstonehaugh.

Governments disagree on GI protection at TLD level

Posted On August 2, 2013
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Despite strong lobbying from the US and Australian governments, the ICANN GAC has not removed its advisory ban on registration of geographical indications as top level domains, IP Watch reports.

Key topics to follow during ICANN 47

Posted On July 18, 2013
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See this Katten alert for a good summary of key issues for the Durban meeting of ICANN 47, including both developments in the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program and discussions of Internet policy processes.

US advertisers adopt best practices for online infringement

Posted On July 16, 2013
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Several United States-based advertising networks have announced a set of best practices to address online infringement by reducing ad revenue to websites engaged in piracy and counterfeiting, reports IP Watch.

The European approach to keyword advertising – a review

Posted On July 3, 2013
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For a review of  the approach in Europe to keyword advertising, see this report by Dorsey.

Norway rules 3rd party trademark AdWords contrary to good business practice

Posted On July 2, 2013
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The Norway Committee for Unfair Competition has found that the purchase and use of a competitor’s trademark as a Google Adword is in breach of good business practice.

Bryn Aarflot reports that the committee stressed that the goodwill in a trademark is what causes the internet user to use the term as a search term in the first place, and unauthorised use of such mark takes unfair advantage of the owner’s reputation and efforts.

The Committee issues advisory opinions in cases where there has been a breach of the Marketing Control Act. It cannot instruct a party to take action or to cease activity; however, most upstanding businesses will follow its recommendations and stop their infringing activity.

The Committee’s decision also often carries weight if a case proceeds to court.