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A Red Sole, a Well-Known Fashion Brand, and an Important Decision

European court cites the influence of color in brand identity. Many trademark professionals will be reading the news of the decision that fashion designer Christian Louboutin’s trademark should be allowed and will wonder if they need to reinforce their trademark protection strategies. Principium Strategies offers an industry-leading color watch for figurative trademarks, which is essential where … Continued

Principium Strategies Announces New Lightship™ Trademark Research Product

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) – Principium Strategies, a leading provider of trademark brand security services and domain protection, is pleased to announce the launch of Lightship™, a new trademark research product. Lightship is a licensed repository that puts application information at practitioners’ fingertips, allowing them to run their own trademark research queries. It holds application … Continued

May 2018 gTLD and ccTLD Updates

.LLC Registry-operator, Afilias, announced the launch of the unrestricted new gTLD, .LLC. Sunrise registrations are open from 5 June to 5 July. .ICU Sunrise registrations are now open through 24 May. .购物 (“shopping” in Chinese) Sunrise registrations are now open through 19 June. We recommend that brand owners register their marks in the Trademark Clearinghouse … Continued

Act Before May 25: Brand Audit with Full Thick WHOIS Data

Due to the upcoming GDPR enforcement deadline, this is your last opportunity to request a domain name audit with thick WHOIS data across all gTLDs and many ccTLDs. Our reports provide a current snapshot of identical, confusingly similar and “brand+keyword” domains containing your brands. Contact us before WHOIS data is minimized on May 25, 2018 to … Continued

New Podcast Episode: Is Your Organization Ready for GDPR?

The EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect on May 25, 2018, impacting data privacy policies worldwide. In this, the latest episode of the Principium Pod, Principium Strategies’ Director of Digital Sean Wilke has a conversation with Michael Sim, founder and CEO of DataGlobe, Inc., about the far-reaching implications of the regulation … Continued

April 2018 gTLD and ccTLD Updates

.EU & Brexit On 28 March the European Commission announced that all UK registrants, including individuals and organizations, will no longer be eligible for .EU domain ownership commencing on 30 March 2019, coinciding with Brexit. While similar announcements from other ccTLD registries included a “grandfathering” option for current registrants, no option exists for .EU at … Continued

Meet with Principium Strategies in Seattle, WA

Principium Strategies will be in Seattle, WA May 19-23, 2018 at the INTA Annual Meeting. If you’re interested in learning more about our services, please schedule an appointment with a team member. Contact us at: seattle2018@principiumstrategies.com Principium Strategies specializes in brand security services such as trademark watching and domain name services. We have decades of … Continued

New Principium Pod Episode: GDPR, WHOIS and ICANN 61

Principium president Dennis Prahl recently returned from the ICANN 61 Community Forum held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. By far, the most discussed topic at the conference was the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is the number one priority of the domain name and ICANN community. To review, the GDPR is a European … Continued

March 2018 gTLD and ccTLD Updates

The Trademark Clearinghouse has launched the Trademark Registry Exchange (“TREx”), a new service for trademark holders to cost-effectively reserve their brands in the new gTLD space. Like Donuts’ Domains Protected Mark List (“DPML”), the TREx blocks marks across several new gTLDs among participating registry operators. The initial group includes 40 TLDs and is expected to … Continued

Considerations for Chinese Character Trademark Watching

To commemorate the Lunar New Year, our focus is centered this month on Chinese character trademark watching. As we’ve previously reported, China’s trademark registrations saw exponential growth in 2017.  According to Principium Strategies’ director of operations David Grossman, “In 2016, there were 3.7 million trademark applications filed in China. In 2017, there were five million … Continued