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“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

Posted in Domain Names, Famous Marks, Genericide, Law Suits, Trademarks, USPTO

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment that “GOOGLE” trademark registrations (Reg. Nos. 2884502, 2806075) are not subject to cancellation for genericness. Genericness a.k.a. “genericide” occurs when… Continue Reading

Business in the Age of the New gTLDs

Posted in Domain Names, Guest Bloggers, Search Engines, Technology

– Mark Skoultchi, Catchword Brand Name Development As you may have heard, the Internet is undergoing a growth spurt of unprecedented proportions. Over 1000 new global top level domains (gTLDs) are in the midst of launching, so in addition to familiar extensions like .com, .org, and .net, expect to start seeing .nyc, .company, .nike, and… Continue Reading

Dear Entrepreneur Who Needs A Name: Do Not Let Tactics Drive Your Strategy

Posted in Branding, Domain Names, Guest Bloggers, Marketing, Mixed Bag of Nuts

– Mark Prus, Principal, NameFlash There was an article this summer in the Wall Street Journal called, “Why Startups Are Sporting Increasingly Quirky Names.” The author indicated that this trend was being driven by a “lack of short, recognizable URLs” which “prompts use of misspellings and word mash-ups” in the names of new startups. One… Continue Reading

3 Ways to Handle an Unfortunate Domain Name

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Domain Names, Guest Bloggers, Marketing, Mixed Bag of Nuts

– Mark Prus, Principal, NameFlash I was researching some potential domain names for a client recently when I came across several listings of “Worst Domain Names.” I had some fun visiting a few of these sites, and I noticed a difference in how the domain owners leveraged their “unfortunate” domain names. There seem to be… Continue Reading

.Anything?

Posted in Domain Names

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney Today ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, better known as the company that basically runs the Internet, begins accepting applications for generic top level domains.  Most users know top level domains such as .com, .org, .edu…and even .xxx.  Now, under this new program, organizations can apply to use virtually… Continue Reading