Trademark Protection in the New '.biz' and '.info' Domains

Author:Mr Paul Kilmer
Profession:Holland & Knight LLP
 
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In our IP Alert of June 4, 2001, we reported that trademark owners could take advantage of preventative

measures 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. In

relation to ".info" domains, there is a "Sunrise"

registration period reserved to owners of trademarks registered before October

2, 2000.

Although the processes for IP Claims and Sunrise filings remain the same as

reported 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 registration on a randomized, round robin basis

TBD

General registration on a first-come first-served basis

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