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U.S. Supreme Court clarifies trademark rights for “.com “ trademarks

Recently in a landmark decision, United States PTO v. B.V. the U.S. Supreme Court clarified certain trademark rights for “.com.” There, the High Court ruled 8-1 that, a popular online travel reservation agency, could register its company name – BOOKING.COM – as a trademark. In doing so, the Supreme Court struck down the … Continue Reading

Wisconsin Federal Court Finds Spokeo Spells the End for Consumer Privacy Class Action

In a sign of the continuing significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (May 24, 2016), another federal court has cited that ruling in dismissing claims for lack of Article III standing. In Gubula v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., No. 15-cv-1078 (E.D. Wis. June 17, 2016), … Continue Reading

ICANN urged to take international and security rules seriously by Council of Europe

The Council of Europe released a Declaration encouraging the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (‘ICANN’), when developing policies for the Internet’s domain name system, to consider international privacy, security and human rights laws and policies. The Council has no legal power to force any changes on ICANN, but, having official observer status within … Continue Reading

ICANN 53 Global Meeting

At a standing-room-only meeting on the evening of June 21, 2015 – at the ICANN 53 global meeting in Buenos Aires – Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling, administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), gave his comments on the current timeline for the transition of the IANA (i.e., technical) functions of ICANN. The bottom … Continue Reading

Domain Dispatches: NETmundial Is Right Around The Corner

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil will host NETmundial – the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. Approximately 800 people will descend on Sao Paulo to spend two days and nights discussing, debating, arguing, cajoling, pleading, and demanding potential changes in the governance of the Internet. Hundreds more will participate … Continue Reading

ICANN Goes to Singapore

This post was written by Gregory S. Shatan. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its 49th semi-annual meeting in Singapore in March.  Reed Smith partner, Gregory Shatan, provided real time reports Straight from Singapore on our sister blog AdLaw By Request.     Reed Smith LLP is licensed to operate as … Continue Reading

The Future of the Internet: New gTLDs have arrived

This post was written by Gregory S. Shatan. The number of Top Level Domains (such as .com, .net, .eu, etc.) are expanding exponentially. On October 31st, the first of the new gLTDs opened registration for a trademark “Sunrise,” which allows trademark owners to register domains matching their trademarks. The first English language new gLTDs will … Continue Reading

Wrap-up from Durban

On the 6th and final day of ICANN 47, partner Greg Shatan reports on the anxiously awaited Government Advisory Committee Durban Communiqué and the ICANN Public Forum, as well as the Generic Names Supporting Organization Wrap-Up Session. To read additional updates from Greg regarding ICANN 47, visit our sister blog, AdLaw By Request.… Continue Reading

The Dish from Durban on Day Five at ICANN 47

On AdLaw By Request, partner Greg Shatan tells of his experiences in Durban while attending ICANN 47. During a jam packed Day 5, Greg reports back on the happenings at the Contractual Compliance Update, the IGO/INGO meeting, and the much-anticipated Generic Names Supporting Organization Council Meeting, as well as key developments related to ICANN’s Trademark … Continue Reading

The Latest from Durban

Our sister blog, AdLaw By Request, continues to report on the latest from Durban as ICANN 47 officially kicked off in all its glory with over 1800 delegates from 92 countries. Reed Smith partner Gregory Shatan continues to report on the sessions for Day 3 and Day 4 in South Africa.… Continue Reading

Early Working Meetings Before ICANN 47: Dispatch from Durban

Reed Smith partner Gregory Shatan begins ICANN 47 early with a number of working meetings over the weekend of various ICANN groups, including the Generic Names Supporting Organization (“GNSO”), Commercial Stakeholder Group and the GNSO members on the ICANN Board, New gTLD Program Committee (“NGPC” of the ICANN Board with the Government Advisory Committee (“GAC”) and … Continue Reading

Durban Welcomes ICANN Conference

In anticipation of the planned roll-out of over 1300 new top level domains, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is meeting in Durban, South Africa from July 13-18. Luckily, you don’t have to travel to South Africa to know what’s going on. Reed Smith partner Gregory Shatan will be providing regular real time … Continue Reading

ICANN Releases List of Domain Name Applications

This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar. Reed Smith is actively monitoring the changing top-level domain name environment that has large implications for Internet security, stability and navigability. On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the list of the domain names applied for, with more than 1930 applications … Continue Reading

.anything On Its Way: New Generic Top Level Domains Will Launch January 12

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced last week that it has approved the plan for unlimited new gTLDs, and that ICANN will be taking applications from January 12 to April 12, 2012. The nightmare of many brand owners fearing that ICANN would adopt a system of unlimited gTLDs is now reality. … Continue Reading