Archive for January, 2012
January 31, 2012Now that the window has opened for submitting new top-level domain name applications, should you apply? Before tying to answer that question, a little background. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names, or ICANN, that regulates the use of Internet domain names announced last June that it would open the field of generic top-level domains (“gTLD”), the identifiers to the right of the dot (.com, .biz, .org) from the current 22 to any word in any language.
January 26, 2012
Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the U.S. and Abroad from New Forms of Online Infringement and Brand AttacksBelow is the transcript of my January 26, 2012, webinar presentation sponsored by the International Executive Resources Group focusing on protecting intellectual property here and abroad from new forms of online infringement and brand attacks. But first a word of warning. My talk runs for about 45 minutes and therefore this is a long post. Here is a quick overview of what I cover.
January 11, 2012Andrew will speak at a webinar on January 26, 2012 at 10:00 am sponsored by the International Executive Resources Group on protecting your IP in the US and abroad from new forms of online infringements and brand attacks. Andrew will begin by discussing three reasons why global infringement is a growing and what governments and copyright holders are doing here, in Europe and China to combat it.
January 10, 2012
Why It’s Difficult to Predict the Amount of Statutory Damages Plaintiff Will Be Awarded in Copyright Litigation-Revised VersionMastering Rubik’s Cube may be easier. Predicting the amount of statutory damages that will be awarded in copyright infringement litigation continues to confound attorneys on both sides of the fence. Why? Here are some reasons. But first a few words of explanation. I originally wrote this post in April of 2010. I decided to update it after some of the cases I mentioned went through further appeals and retrials. I kept the same title (so you may see the earlier version come up on Google searches) but I substantially rewrote this version.
January 4, 2012
Goodyman Meets the Hangman: The Federal Circuit in Benedict v. Super Bakery Afirms the Cancellation of a Registered TrademarkAppellate courts prefer to decide cases on the merits. But they will affirm the sanction of a default judgment dismissing a case where the plaintiff has repeatedly flouted court orders. The latest example is the Federal Circuit‘s December 28, 2011, decision in Benedict v. Super Bakery affirming Benedict’s default and cancelling his registered trademark as a sanction. But although the Federal Circuit affirmed, it rejected the reasoning below of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.