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The Principium Pod: ICANN Abu Dhabi Recap; EU GDPR; New gTLDs

The ICANN General Meeting in Abu Dhabi has officially wrapped up, and there’s a lot to discuss. In this episode of the Principium Pod, hosts Sean Wilke and Dennis Prahl unfold the key subjects covered at the conference. Amongst these subjects are hot topics such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and … Continued

Deere wins trademark lawsuit in protection of green and yellow colors

A U.S. District Court in Kentucky has ruled in favor of Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) in a lawsuit that was filed to protect use of the trademark green and yellow color combination on John Deere agricultural equipment. Following a one-week bench trial that took place in June, the U.S. District Court in Paducah, Kentucky … Continued

Brand Protection Alert: These Second-Level Registrations are Opening

A number of jurisdictions are opening direct second-level registrations to users seeking more options in the country-code space. If you hold business interests in these jurisdictions, we recommend that you protect your brands accordingly. For example, brandusecase.nz is a second-level domain, whereas brandusecase.co.nz is a third-level domain. Here’s what to expect in the next coming months … Continued

Ladas Domains is now part of Principium Strategies

Ladas Domains, a leading provider of domain registration and protection services, will now be known as Principium Strategies after a merger with the Watch Services division of Ladas & Parry LLP. The new company offers domain name services in addition to a wide range of brand monitoring tools. Although the name has changed, the company’s focus … Continued

The threat of counterfeits via social media drives major investigation from British government

On Monday, the British government released a detailed study that investigated the impact of social media on counterfeit trade. The report highlights the complexity of trying to quantify recent levels of counterfeiting in the U.K. It also presents an initial assessment of the scale, impact, and characteristics of infringements. Although the full landscape of challenges brought … Continued

Mexico Introduced Trademark Opposition on August 30, 2016

Trademark applications are now published in the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Gazette, within ten business days of filing. Applications will have a term of 30 days for any interested party to oppose the registration of the published application. The 30 period is non-extendable. The Gazette also publish notices of any opposed applications, providing the applicant … Continued

Failure to Renew Domain Causes Major Headache for Industry Leader

On July 25th, marketing software provider, Marketo, experienced an outage on its Marketo.com domain name. Users soon discovered this was due to Marketo’s failure to renew the domain. The company’s marketing team scrambled to put out the social media fire that soon followed. Marketo.com is now back up and running, but not without much effort, … Continued