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French Ex-Pat Who Lost Rights to Files Lawsuit

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 18 May, 2018

In an attempt to get the rights to the domain back, Jean-Noël Frydman is suing the French Republic, Atout France (a government tourism agency), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and VeriSign. Frydman's lawsuit accuses France of cybersquatting and "reverse domain-name hijacking," and more.

French-born Frydman claims the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs illegally seized the domain that had been under his ownership since he purchased it from Network Solutions, LLC in 1994. He says he set up the website in 1995 as a "digital kiosk" about France and "included information about French culture, the Francophile community and a small section on tourism to France."

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Topics: domains, domain management

Brand Protection Challenges in the Pharma Industry

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 7 May, 2018

Brand owners in the pharmaceutical sector are facing a challenge to find faster ways to launch brand protection measures. This challenge grows more complicated and time-consuming when pharma companies are managing brands across multiple jurisdictions.

World Trademark Review recently published an interview with INTA president-elect David Lossignol, Global Head of Trademarks at Sandoz International GmbH, where he manages the company's global trademark portfolio. Corsearch is a partner of Sandoz.

In the WTR interview, Lossignol compares managing trademarks in the pharmaceutical industry to the consumer goods sector because of the need "to be first to market" in a fast-moving business. He told WTR: " … you don’t always have as much time to test your marks before the trademark office and third parties during the opposition process, so you need to undertake robust searches in a shorter timeframe, and take smart risks."

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Topics: trademarks, Brand protection, pharmaceuticals

City Brand Identities: Helsinki, Finland's New Look

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 1 May, 2018

Redesigning a city's brand identity is a massive undertaking. Last year we wrote about Atlanta, Georgia's rebranding project for its Department of Planning and Community Development, now let's take a look at Helsinki, Finland's approach to developing a new, consistent branding system.

Helsinki hired creative agency Werklig to develop a brand that would be appealing not only to local residents, but also to tourists, immigrants, and other groups with an interest in the city.

The old branding system had just one cohesive design element — the Helsinki coat of arms —which Werklig managed to work into the redesign, using a skeleton version of the crest that could be adapted to different platforms, formats, and languages. The agency also developed a custom-designed "Helsinki Grotesk" typeface. As we wrote in our post, "Custom-designed Fonts as Intellectual Property," custom-designed typefaces are becoming more commonplace as both a cost-savings measure and a way to make a font a part of an organization's intellectual property.

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Topics: branding

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .招聘, .Place, .GAL, .MOE, .LONDON, and More

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 30 April, 2018

This update includes news about .招聘, .Place, .GAL, .MOE, .LONDON, .TRAVEL, .BOATS,.YACHTS, .HOMES, .MOTORCYCLES, and .AUTOS.

Launch of .招聘(recruitment / xn–otu796d)
Registry operator Dot Trademark TLD Holding Company Limited announced the launch of its latest new gTLD, .招聘(Chinese for recruitment). The launch will start with a Sunrise Phase from May 21, 2018 toJune 20, 2018. This is a restricted TLD and registrations of domain names will be open to any individual or organization with interests towards employment, recruitment, or human resources-related industries. Further announcements with dates will follow. 

.PLACE changes to registrant eligibility
Registry operator Donuts Inc. announced it is implementing eligibility requirements for all new .PLACE registrations. These eligibility requirements will include a geospatial validation component, on which more information will follow. Note that these changes will not affect .PLACE domains registered before May 18, 2018, which will renew at current prices, and will not be subject to the new eligibility requirements.

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

World Intellectual Property Day Celebrates Women in Innovation and Creativity

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Today we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day by acknowledging the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year’s theme is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity,” which "celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future."

At Corsearch, we're taking this opportunity to highlight how innovative, creative women bring their amazing ideas to power change not only at our company, but to the IP community as a whole, the world over. Let us introduce you to Corsearch team members; Ellen Stuer and Anna Arakelyan.

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Topics: intellectual property, #WorldIPDay


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