Trademark Panel Cancels Mark Despite Lack of U.S. Use

In a precedent-setting case, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB) has rescinded a trademark even though the trademark holder doesn’t use that mark in the United States and has no plans to do so. The case, which can be found here, illustrates that the “misrepresentation as to source” provision of the Lanham Act can […]

ICANN Takes Steps to Provide gTLD Owners With Added Protection

ICANN, the organization charged with overseeing various internet-related tasks, including the new global top-level domain name (gTLD) system, recently began implementing a “Proof of Use” verification process.  New gTLDs and their marks will be given protection through the Trademark Clearinghouse during its sunrise periods.  A sunrise period is a set amount of time where Clearinghouse […]

Nearly 2,000 Applications for New gTLDs

The world is going to get more complicated.  Instead of the Internet-universe mainly being defined by .com, net, and .org, potentially thousands of new top-level domains, known as TLDs, are going to be added.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) has posted information about applications to establish new TLDs. The $185,000 price […]