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Mediawebshop.nl: domain name claim through court or UDRP?

Domain names are registered on ‘first come, first served’ basis. This created a new phenomenon called: domain name hijacking. Quickly register domain names with names of famous people or famous brands with the aim of selling them for a lot of money. To stop this, the UDRP was invented, a quick and cheap procedure to reclaim a domain name. The UDRP is still very popular, but sometimes not the best route in a conflict, as became clear by the case of <mediawebshop.nl>. » internet-online-branding

Goudaankoop.nl (goldpurchase.nl) manipulating on-line reviews

Positive ratings one ones website can be very important. For that reason, it seems attractive to bend the truth a little bit as a company / website manager. For example, can you make selections in the reviews being showed? » internet-online-branding

Fake news - fake reviews

Reviews are very important for consumers and give guidance when placing orders (for example booking.com, Airbnb.nl or iens.nl). In a world that is overwhelmed by fake news, nobody will be surprised that there is an extensive production of fake reviews as well. How does as a company protect itself against such attacks? » internet-online-branding

Domain name hijacking AJAX.FOOTBALL

Since 2013 many new domain name extensions have been launched. One of them is .FOOTBALL (especially for Football teams). From June 2015, the domain name became available to the public, for 19 Euros per year. Last autumn the domain name AJAX.FOOTBALL is registered by a third party (not Ajax or its fan club). This person sends an email to Ajax offering to transfer the domain name for the amount of 6.500 Euros. » internet-online-branding

European Trademark office and hijackers - EUIPO.NL and EUIPO.LEGAL

The European Trademark office (OHIM) will change its name on March 23 into EUIPO. Since trademark owners are confronted with many “ghost invoice” (invoices that are fake but claim to be from official organizations), it is important that the domain names are not owned by these people. For this reason OHIM registered the following domain names in the last few months: EUIPO.EU, EUIPO.ORG, EUIPO.NET en EUIPO.ES. » internet-online-branding
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PURE - MENTOS

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?
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