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Breaking down new gTLDs by the numbers

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names continues to be sluggish in delegating new gTLDs this month, delegating no new gTLDs since our last post. But ICANN has made a dent this year in the 1,930 gTLD applications submitted, delegating 432 new gTLDs to date. Of those 1,930 applications, 1,157 are proceeding through the … Continue Reading

‘Patent troll’ cannot “derail” FTC investigation

Have to give them an “A” for effort. “Patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC sued the FTC hoping to shut down its investigation into the company because the investigation violated MPHJ’s First Amendment rights to petition. A West Texas federal judge recently ruled that MPHJ could not “derail” the FTC investigation with such a claim. … Continue Reading

Grab your passport; geographic gTLDs are jetsetting this month

Twenty-three new gTLDs have been delegated since our last post. The following gTLDs have been cleared for takeoff: .network .企业 (Chinese for “enterprise”) .business .otsuka .gbiz .gmail .pizza .immo .esq .prod .here .youtube .meme .eat .rsvp .mov .new .ing .frl .day .dad .boo .gmx .pharmacy .wme Delegation is the green light for new gTLDs to … Continue Reading

Coinye West will not take over bitcoin’s reign on cryptocurrency

There’s exciting news in the world of cryptocurrency, the exchange medium that uses cryptography to secure the transactions and control the creation of new units. Bitcoin, created in 2009, was the first cryptocurrency and remains the most popular, though numerous other cryptocurrencies, such as Coinye, have emerged in the interim. Where can you find cryptocurrency? … Continue Reading

Ready. Set. Go. FTC patent troll study cleared for takeoff

Last week, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget approved the FTC’s request to study how patent assertion entities (PAEs or, less charitably, patent trolls) operate and to what extent they affect competition and innovation. The study was originally proposed in September 2013 and modified this past May in response to public comment. As … Continue Reading

A new Ohio weapon against patent trolls?

Ohio may become the next state — after Virginia, Georgia, and thirteen other states — to take on the fight against patent trolls. A bill pending in Ohio’s General Assembly, H.B. 573, would provide additional tools to thwart abusive tactics by patent trolls. But how useful those tools may prove in the battle against the … Continue Reading

The Internet revolution — new gTLD update

Since our last blog post, the total number of domain name registrations among all new gTLDs has reached 1,414,766. There has been little movement this week on the leader board. The leaders are: Number New domain Total registrations 1 .xyz 250,731 2 .berlin 136,703 3 .club 78,767 4 .guru 64,123 5 .photography 39,868 6 .email … Continue Reading

Do you know what your employees are posting while they’re at work?

Our colleagues at Employer Law Report posted about an interesting case in which FedEx was sued because one of its employees used the company’s internet connection to post allegedly defamatory comments. The Court of Appeals of Indiana affirmed the trial court’s decision dismissing the plaintiffs’ claims based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. … Continue Reading

The Redskins trademark decision — great media interest, overhyped reaction

The June 18, 2014, decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) cancelling six federal trademark registrations for trademarks used by the Washington Redskins professional football team has received substantial media coverage and generated great interest among the public. The impact of the decision has been widely misstated in … Continue Reading

JUICEGATE — Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola; round 1 goes to Pom

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in the highly anticipated dispute between Pom Wonderful and Coca-Cola. The Petitioner, Pom Wonderful, LLC (“POM”), is a grower of pomegranates, distributor of pomegranate juices, and markets pomegranate products, including a pomegranate-blueberry juice blend. Pom competes in the pomegranate juice market with The Coca-Cola Company (“Coca-Cola”) Minute Maid® … Continue Reading

Porter Wright announces 2014 Technology Seminar Series

Porter Wright continues its tradition of providing cutting-edge information about how technology affects your business with the 2014 Technology Seminar Series, beginning June 18. This year’s sessions are: Social media in litigation: a shield and a sword June 18 The worlds of social media and litigation have collided. Social media evidence is used in employment … Continue Reading

New gTLDs revive the Internet’s Wild West tendencies…

No one is safe In light of Memorial Day weekend, the new gTLD .democrat entered general availability earlier this week. Registrants have been acquiring second-level .democrat domain names since the gTLD’s landrush period began April 17. Rightside, the registry offering the gTLD, does not have any protection mechanisms designed to protect the names of politicians … Continue Reading

Keeping up with the dot-anythings

For the past several weeks, we’ve been working hard to keep our readers apprised of developments related to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. This program, which is essentially redefining the face of the Internet, is likely to impact any business — or, indeed, any entity — … Continue Reading

A donut for everyone, just in time for swimsuit season

The new gTLD giant, Donuts, Inc., is the world’s largest registry for new generic top level domains, applying for more than 300 new gTLDs during ICANN’s application phase. (Read the full list of Donuts, Inc.’s applications.) According to the company’s schedule, more than 100 new gTLDs will have launched by the end of May. Registrations … Continue Reading