Since March, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) started. A database of trademark holders can register their trademarks. Its purpose is to enable proprietors to quickly and easily apply for an application in the sunrise phase at the launch of the new top-level domain names (like. SHOP,. CAR etc). After a very slow start, the applications are starting to increase. Currently there are some 10,000 registered trademarks. »domain-names
Phishing is a form of Internet fraud, using a false (but identical) website. Especially banks are affected. As a user you get an email stating that, for example, you should check your login details on the site. That site is not the real site of the company, but a copy. The unsuspecting user logs on with his password or credit card number. With this information the fraudster obtains this sensitive information and no doubt will use it immediately. »domain-names
In proceedings before the WIPO, LOI successfully claimed the domain name LOIKIDZ.NL. The infringer was a notorious typosquatter that had been convicted of similar cases fourteen times already in the past. Under the name LOIKIDZZ and using the website LOIKIDZZ.NL LOI provides courses, especially for children. Given the success of this new label, there are always parties that want to profit from it. Most often by registering a very similar domain name in order to generate sponsored links (pay per clicks). »domain-names
Sometimes a trademark is used as part of a domain name. This is quite undesirable, because it implies a bond between the trademark holder and the owner of the website. Usually this is not a problem for the trademark holder, since a simple UDRP procedure is usually all it takes to obtain the rights to the domain name registration. Red Bull, however, recently lost such a procedure concerning the domain name REDBULLNORGE.COM. »domain-names
MENTOS has been selling chewing gum under the name MENTOS PURE FRESH for several years. In order to protect her rights MENTOS has registered the following trademarks: the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH, the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH 3 and a figurative depiction of the word PURE.
Defendant sells chewing gum under the trademark DENTYNE PURE and has registered its logo as a trademark.
Infringement or not?