New gTLD Update: .FILM, .BANK, .INSURANCE, .WHOSWHO, .FANS domains, and more

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 9 September, 2016

This week’s update includes news about .FILM, .BANK, .INSURANCE, .WHOSWHO, the release of 15,000 more .FANS domains, and more.

.FILM – Update to Registration Policy and Eligibility Requirements

The registry operator for .FILM, Motion Picture Domain Registry Pty Ltd, announced that from August 31, 2016 the following updated eligibility requirements apply to domain registrations. In order to register or renew a domain name you must 1) be the intended beneficiary of the domain name registration; and 2) satisfy both Criteria A and B below:

Criteria A – Member of the Film Industry
Registrants must be associated with the film industry, which consists of individuals, businesses, and organizations that fit into any one of the following categories:

  • Actively involved in the film industry (e.g., producers, distributors, sales agents, studios, directors, writers, photographers, technicians, actors, press, film festivals, associations); or
  • Provide products or services to the film industry (e.g., lawyers, agents, PR and marketing firms, financiers, designers, equipment suppliers, domain registrars, IT and hosting providers).

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

What We’re Reading This Week

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 8 September, 2016

We’d like to point you to an insightful article on Brexit and potential learnings for the EUIPO from Corsearch Advisory Board member Julius Stobbs and his colleague Lucy Cundliffe at Stobbs IP, published recently in World Trademark Review. You can read “Where next for EU trademarks?” here.

It seems like only yesterday when we weren’t sure what New York Fashion Week would actually be called this year after all of the trademark battles. Well, the festivities started yesterday under the name of . . . yes, New York Fashion Week.

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Topics: trademark

Welsh Company Wins “Veggings” Trademark Dispute

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 8 September, 2016

After reading that headline, you’re most likely wondering what “veggings” are, right?

First, a hint. Veggings are an item of women’s clothing. The word might have a certain familiarity about it.

The best way to describe veggings is to call them leggings with a v-shaped waistband. The creator of veggings, Sonia Edwards, owns a fashion company in Wales and has been busy celebrating her recent trademark victory over Sanko Textile & Trading Co., a Turkish textile producer, which owns the trademark for “jeggings.”

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Topics: trademark

Otto Motors Sues Uber Over Its New “Otto” Acquisition

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

San Francisco-based transportation company Uber paid $680 million last month for a self-driving trucking startup known as "Otto" (full name, Ottomoto) — but not for its trucks, for its technology. What Uber apparently wasn’t aware of was a Canadian robot manufacturer, Clearpath Robotics, Inc., with a division of self-driving warehouse robots called Otto Motors.

Clearpath Robotics has filed a trademark infringement suit against Uber, claiming a likelihood of confusion. Apparently, some confusion has already happened since the lawsuit states some examples, including press inquiries about Otto trucks, potential customer inquiries, and even queries from current Clearpath customers about its “new” trucking system.

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Topics: trademark

Trade Groups Complain Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeit Efforts Aren’t Working

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 2 September, 2016

Despite Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba’s claims that it’s making efforts to cut down the number of counterfeit products on its websites, multiple industry trade groups say it has failed so far, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Citing rampant counterfeit sales on Alibaba, trade groups including the Union des Fabricants, the French Federation of Leather Goods, and the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry say the company’s efforts, including anti-counterfeiting hires, have not succeeded in reducing the number of counterfeit sales. The letter, viewed by the WSJ, said that Alibaba’s promises to make improvements “compel us to focus on what has not improved,” and stated “Trust cannot be hostage to delay.”

The WSJ reports that one example specifically noted by the trade groups was that “Alibaba’s software doesn’t detect images of fake products that are blurred, even though the e-commerce company has said that such images violate its rules.” In response, Alibaba said it plans to work closely with the brands to fight the counterfeit problem.

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Topics: counterfeits

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