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eBay obtains transfer of thousands of domain names under UDRP

February 26th, 2015


In eBay Inc v Du Hongxia (Case No D2014-2015), eBay has succeeded in securing the transfer to it of thousands of domain names comprising the well-known EBAY trademark, followed by a number and the generic ‘.com’ or ‘.net’ top-level domain identifiers (eg, ‘’). The domain names were registered by Du Hongxia and Liu Yujiao, who used a privacy service to conceal their identities. The domain names were connected to various Chinese language websites, some of which were associated with gambling. The… Read more…

The long roll out begins – Are brand owners prepared?

October 30th, 2013


Wednesday the 23rd of October was an exciting and historic day for the internet as the first four domains from ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) Program were cleared to proceed to delegation. This is the first step in what will be a measured roll out of the new gTLDs. The four newly delegated gTLDs are in Arabic, Cyrillic and Chinese scripts for “web / network”, “online”, “site”, and “game(s)” The delegation of these gTLDs marks the first time that… Read more…

Some CTMs are more equal than others…

September 12th, 2013


The Court of Justice of the European Union, “CJEU”, recently held that the owner of a later registered Community trade mark, “CTM”, can be held liable for trade mark infringement against an earlier registered similar or identical CTM.   Background The CJEU considered whether an earlier registered CTM could be infringed by a later registered CTM in the case of Federation Cynologique Internationale “FCI” v Federacion Canina Internacional de Perros de Pura Raza “FCIPPR”, Case C 561/11. In 2006 FCI… Read more…