The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has rejected the Legal Rights Objection (LRO) of the Canadian Real Estate Association of Ottawa to the registration of the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) .mls by Afilias Limited. While the WIPO Panel acknowledged that while the Association possesses a valid legal right to the term "MLS", they found it was […]
As of July 25th, WIPO has rejected all of the first 14 Legal Rights Objections (LRO) filed in response to applications for the registration of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). While there are still over 50 Objections yet to be decided, the rejection of all the objections so far have some commentators beginning to question the effectiveness of the process.
A "gripe site" is a web site established to criticize an institution such as a corporation, union, government body, or political figure. Not surprisingly, powerful institutions often do not take kindly to being criticized, and they have invented a variety of ways to try to suppress the speech of their adversaries. - The Public Citizen
The issues surrounding new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will be the focus of ICANN 45; the last meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) scheduled for 2012. The meeting will be held in Toronto from October 13 to October 19.
On June 13th 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), revealed the applications for new generic Top-Level Domain names (gTLD) in a press release and conference. In his opening address, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN Rod Beckstrom stated that the “internet is about to change forever”, and that the gTLD […]
The announcement by ICANN to open the Internet to a limitless number of domains has been a cause of stir since June 2008 when Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accepted this recommendation of its global stakeholders. ICANN's website describes itself as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation aimed at coordinating and maintaining the integrity […]
Ashlee Froese is an Osgoode Hall alumnus and currently practices intellectual property at the law firm of Keyser Mason Ball LLP. Sibling Rivalry: The intersection of Domain Names and Trade-marks Domain names and trade-mark owners have always had a contentious co-existence. Whereas trade-mark rights are granted on a use basis, domain names are registered on […]