In our IP Alert of June 4, 2001, we reported that trademark owners could take advantage of preventativemeasures to avoid cybersquatting in relation to the new ".biz" and".info" top level domain names. In relation to the ".biz"domains, the pre-registration process is referred to as filing an IP Claim,which may be followed at a later time by actual domain name registration. Inrelation to ".info" domains, there is a "Sunrise"registration period reserved to owners of trademarks registered before October2, 2000. Although the processes for IP Claims and Sunrise filings remain the same asreported in our June 4th Alert, critical dates have changed, as follows: .BIZ: DATES PROCESS May 21 - August 6 IP Claims may be submitted June 25 - Sept. 17 Applications for ".biz" names accepted Sept. 26 - Sept. 30 ".biz" names randomly assigned October 1 ".biz" domain names become active unless subject to an IP Claim dispute Oct. 1 - Oct. 30 IP Claimants have 20 days to settle or bring action against possible cybersquatters .INFO DATES PROCESS July 25 - Aug. 27 Trademark owners as of Oct. 2, 2000 may pre-register Aug. 28 - Sept. 11 Quiet period 120 days beginning Aug. 28 Challenges to Sunrise registrations are heard Sept. 12 - TBD General...
Trademark Protection in the New '.biz' and '.info' Domains
|Author:||Mr Paul Kilmer|
|Profession:||Holland & Knight LLP|
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