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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


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.



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