How to fight cybersquatting in Russia?

In Russia, no specific procedure is provided for the settlement of country code top-level domain (ccTLDs) disputes. A special defense strategy must therefore be adopted to fight cybersquatting in Russia. Cybersquatting on the rise in Russia The number of Internet users in Russia is increasing year after year. In...

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Sale of counterfeit products online: a burden for businesses

The sale of counterfeit products currently represents 2.5% of global imports according to the OECD, amounting to more than USD 460 billion. Up to 5% of goods imported into the European Union are counterfeited goods. The sale of these counterfeited products concerns a range of industries, from luxury products...

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Increased liability for registrars

Registrars’ liability Registrars and registries play an important role in operating domain names. Even though they do not register domain names maliciously and with intent to cause prejudice to a trademark, they nevertheless are not required to review registration applications before reserving the names. This explains the common cybersquatting...

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Domain name: expense or intangible asset?

On December 7, 2016, the Conseil d’Etat(tenth Chamber), issued a judgment which confirms that the domain name is in fact an intangible asset. The issue of the classification of property as expenses or assets Intellectual property cannot be easily classified in a company’s balance sheet. An option is available...

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Make sure to update the status of your trademarks with the Trademarks Register!

An order of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dated September 8, 2016 highlights the need for business trademark owners to register all relevant changes with the Trademark Register. Changing one’s corporate name requires compliance with various formalities, such as amending the statutes or even advertising in a Journal...

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A domain name transferred by UDRP decision was finally returned to its original owner

In a decision of the Paris Cour d’appel dated November 8, 2016  (Pole 5, ch. 1, Mr X./Team Reager AB and Stone Age Limited), the judges reversed an expert’s decision at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center dated July 29, 2013 who ordered the transfer of a domain name...

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Beware of trademark trolls!

It is important for a business, irrespective of its size, to protect its creations, investments and business. Proper management of your trademark portfolio or patents and protection of your rights contribute to the healthy development of a company and its business. For several years, the world of industrial property...

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New business profiles on Instagram: protect your trademarks against any attempt of cybersquatting or username squatting

Instagram, with its ever-increasing popularity since being taken over by Facebook in 2012, announced in May 2016 that it is developing business profiles. The emerging of business profiles Business profiles, which are entirely free of charge for the business community, will have the same benefits as Facebook business pages....

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How Are Lawyers and Small Law Firms Using Technology?

Solo and small firm lawyers often find it difficult to compete with larger legal organisations in terms of resources and costs. But thanks to the increasing accessibility and affordability of technology, the playing field is being levelled all the time. The latest software packages are helping lawyers and law...

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