Verisign’s Latest Domain Name Industry Brief

Verisign, the company responsible for operating key Internet infrastructure (e.g. ‘.com’), has published its latest brief on the state of the domain name industry. The volume of domain names registered globally increased to approximately 329.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 with total country-specific registrations increasing to 142.7 million for the quarter.  Of the…

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Dog’s Dinner for ‘DINE IN WITH ZUMA’

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the Court that specialises in IP matters in England and Wales, recently found that the use of ‘ZUMA’ and ‘DINE IN WITH ZUMA’ infringed the rights of the owner of a trade mark for ‘ZUMA’.  However, this was not because there was a likelihood of confusion – the parties’ goods/services…

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BriffaBites – Spring Cleaning your Intellectual Property Portfolio

#BriffaBites – Spring Cleaning your Intellectual Property Portfolio For many businesses, they register their domain names and trade marks, put the certificates at the back of a drawer and forget about them until they have an issue.  However, we recommend that our clients are proactive and keep their domain name and trade mark portfolio under…

In A Barrel…

The EU’s General Court recently found that the trade mark ‘NIAGARA’ was descriptive for bottled water and similar goods. It held that the public were likely to perceive ‘niagara’ as indicating the origin of the applicant’s goods (i.e. Niagara Falls) and – as such – the word must be kept free in order to allow…