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Username: Watchman
Date/Time: Thu, December 20, 2001 at 11:52 PM GMT
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Subject: It's pretty straightforward--read on..


Just read the WIPO and Afilas sites, Vera.

"The only bases for a valid challenge to a Sunrise registration are if:
--At the time of registration of the domain name, no current trademark or service mark registration was issued in the registrant's name,
--The domain name registered is not identical to the textual or word elements of the trademark or service mark that is registered, or
--The registration of the trademark or service mark registered is not of national effect or was not issued prior to October 2, 2000."

Then there are detailed rules for proceedings:

You don't have to own a trademark to challenge a name.  You only have to own the trademark if you want to take the domain name for yourself.  If you want the name to be cancelled and redistributed to the public, you can challenge any name you want.  In its bulk challenge, Afilias isn;t going to own the names it repossesses.  It's just going to re-release them to the public.  Although they haven't said how.


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