The World Intellectual
Property Organisation (WIPO) is gearing up to cope with a possible flood of disputes
resulting from disgruntled individuals failing to register their trademark as a new
generic top level domain name (gTLD).
The "sunrise" period for the application
of .info and .biz domain names will end next month, and WIPO is sceptical about the
success rate of disputes resolved in this interim period. Its Arbitration and Mediation
Centre is preparing itself for an increase in the number of cybersquatting cases
that may result from the initial allocation procure of these new gTLDs.
confident that its panel of 200 dispute resolution experts will be enough to deal
with the extra number of cybersquatting cases expected to result from the new gTLDs.
"We are gearing up, but it's a question of experience," added Gurry.
Arbitration and Mediation Centre has received 2,821 cases since the dispute resolution
procedure went into effect in December 1999. Of the gTLD cases filed, decisions have
been reached in 1,993 cases, with 80 percent of the decisions ordering a transfer
of the domain name to the complainant. Only 14 cases resulted in the termination
of a domain name.
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***WIPO and the legal profession are rubbing
their hands together***
***They will make a lot of money out of these problems.***
Conservationists beat wrestlers over WWF Web name
The World Wildlife Fund, best known for its efforts to protect the giant panda
and other endangered animal species, won a judgment Friday against World Wrestling
Federation Entertainment Inc. over the use of the initials WWF.
Jacob said the
wresting organization will be permitted a limited use of the initials in the United
States, but will no longer be able to use its wwf.com Web site address. The wildlife
group has wwf.org.
Anita Neville, spokeswoman for the wildlife fund -- known outside
of the United States as the Worldwide Fund for Nature -- said the judgment "means
that our name and reputation is upheld."
"We are a global organization relying
on donations and we wanted people to be able to give donations in confidence," Neville
said. "The initials are vital to our organization."
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know the solution to trademark conflicts on the Internet.
It is all based on spin,
lies and propaganda; 'consumer confusion', 'trademark conflict' and 'passing off'
could all be totally avoided.
Open your eyes - IT IS ALL A CON.