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Re: [bc-gnso] CircleID Article on USG's Proposed Scorecard

  • To: Phil Corwin <pcorwin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] CircleID Article on USG's Proposed Scorecard
  • From: Steve DelBianco <sdelbianco@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:06:23 +0000

Phil — well written piece, as usual.

But please help me understand one of the  'alarms' you sounded in here.

The USG is saying that TM owners could add typographical variants (and TMs 
without substantive review) into the Clearinghouse database.    One effect of 
this would be that registries would send more automated emails form their TM 
Claims Service — and the USG says this service should continue after sunrise 

But I don't see how those typographical variants could also be used in URS or 
UDRP actions, as you suggest in your article.

In other words, does a string entered in the Clearinghouse database somehow 
acquire legal stature of a registered trademarks?

If not, what's the real harm of sending more TM Claims warning emails to 


Steve DelBianco
Executive Director
http://www.NetChoice.org and http://blog.netchoice.org

From: Phil Corwin 
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 23:13:16 +0000
To: "bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx>" 
Subject: [bc-gnso] CircleID Article on USG's Proposed Scorecard

BC members should be aware that I have posted an article regarding the USG’s 
proposed “scorecard” at 

Those who agree or disagree with any part (or all) of it should feel free to 
post comments at the Circle ID website, as well as on this list. Two comments 
have already been posted since it was posted this afternoon.

Regards to all,

Philip S. Corwin
Butera & Andrews
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004
202-347-6875 (office)
202-347-6876 (fax)
202-255-6172 (cell)
"Luck is the residue of design." -- Branch Rickey

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