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Username: DaveKing2
Date/Time: Sat, October 6, 2001 at 1:38 AM GMT
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Subject: Be Weary of Challenging at WIPO

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Apparently WIPO is currently about three weeks behind processing challenges, so it's next to impossible to tell whether you will be challenging an obvious TM violation or a subsequent legitimate priority challenger.

Remember too that if you are challenged on a name at the 11th hour, you will have to prove that you own the trademark with appropriate legally certified documentation. If you don't have this, then you can kiss your $US295 goodbye. Whichever way you look at it, challenging is still a considerable gamble.

Finally, Afilias may even decide to impose a 'generic name check' for all successful challengers. I wouldn't be surprised, as I've heard one insider say that Afilias intentially didn't validate TM information so that they could gain extra 'revenue streams' through comissions with successful challenges and/or more registrants.

Cheers,
Dave


 


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