It is now very rare to come across a business without any online presence. As a result, domain names have become a crucial aspect of intellectual property and one which requires careful management.
Unauthorised third party registrations are now much more prevalent with fraudulent activity such as phishing and cyber squatting becoming more prevalent each day.
As one of the UK’s premium domain name management services we understand the importance of an effective and bespoke domain name strategy, tailored to suit each individual portfolio. By merging this with our market-leading trade mark portfolio management, brand protection and trade mark dispute resolution services we seamlessly cover the full spectrum of domain name and online branding issues. This is our truly unique offering: domain name management as part of best-of-class brand protection legal services.
Domain Name Portfolio Management
- transfers into management
- local presence services
- automatic renewals
- privacy protection of domain names
- processing Trade Mark Clearing house (TMCH) Applications
- alerts for new gTLD releases & domain name launches
- domain name portfolio audits, advice on registration timing and strategy, help with portfolio expansion and downsizing
- DNS Management
- SSL Certificates
- DNS Assurance and Domain Name Security Services
Brand Protection & Domain Dispute Resolution
- domain name search reports (comprehensive historic trace of previous third party registrations)
- weekly domain name watching service (identifying all new third party registrations)
- research and analysis of results (even in instances of privacy protected domain names) and advice on appropriate action
- domain name monitoring services (tracking low risk domains for expiry and changes to Whois status)
- snapback/ backorder services
- website takedowns
- coordinating police action in respect of fraudulent UK websites
- URS, UDRP and Nominet/DRS complaints
- litigation and negotiation
All hands on deck as creative industries and search engines tackle online piracy (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
The UK Government, through the UKIPO, Ofcom and DMCS, has helped broker an agreement between Google, Bing, the BPI and Motion Picture Association over a new voluntary code of practice.
Champagne supernova: Cristal brand owner sues cava producer (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
Do you know your Champagne from your Cava? Quite possibly, but a High Court judge held in late 2015 that a Spanish cava producer trading under the brand name, “Cristalino” had used a confusingly similar sign to that of the famous tipple preferred by rappers and the like, “Cristal”.
To UPC or not UPC – implementation of Unified Patent Court delayed (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is intended to provide a regional forum resolve patent disputes. At the moment, parties have to litigate patent disputes on a country by country basis across Europe, which is time-consuming, expensive and can lead to differing decisions in some countries. UPC decisions will have effect in all 25 states participating in the UPC, providing a single forum to resolve these disputes.
Get me a #covfefe (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
In case you missed it, the 45th President of the United States recently took his habit of late night tweeting to a new low. Presumably meaning to rail against the ‘mainstream media’ coverage, Trump instead complained of “negative press covfefe” and trailed off mid-sentence. Cue ridicule and the hashtag #covfefe trending on Twitter.
Public goes nutellay crazy for AI design (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
Nutella hit the headlines in February this year after using an algorithm to produce millions of unique labels in Italy. The jars flew off the shelves with customers keen to get their hands on a one-of-a kind jar. Each label design was completely unique with only the Nutella logo remaining the same.
Give me a break…KitKat latest developments (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
Last month the Court of Appeal gave us the latest decision in the long running battle between Nestle and Cadbury. Interestingly, whilst agreeing that the well-known four- fingered chocolate snack should not be registered as a 3D trade mark, all three Lord Justices chose to give their own judgment. And for Nestle, this one might just take the biscuit.
Clash of the Titans: Google v Uber (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
In February, Waymo, part of Google’s parent company, sued Uber for theft of confidential information. Allegedly, a former employee of Waymo, who had been a key part of Google’s driverless car initiative, took 14,000 files and then shortly jumped ship to start up his own autonomous vehicle company. A short time later, Uber acquired the start-up for $680 million.
Playing with fire: user-generated content on Twitter (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)23 June 2017
The strange world of Twitter, where brands engage with their customers at their peril. The main lesson learned from the recent #WalkersWave Twitter promotion is one that brands have heard before: the British public love nothing more than a piss-take.