January 26, 2012

Domain Names and the New gTLDs: Protecting Your Trademarks Online

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened the first application round for the new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). The application and maintenance costs will prohibit most companies from applying – but what do all trademark owners need to know and consider?

This webinar focuses on basic principles and current issues involving domain name, keyword and other trademark violations and how they can be enforced in the online context, including:

Domain Name Infringement

  • What are cybersquatting and typosquatting, and what enforcement strategies should trademark owners consider? 
  • When is the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) a good option? 
  • What further protections and remedies does the Federal Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act (ACPA) offer? 

New gTLD Program

  • The new Generic Top Level (gTLD) Domain Name program, approved by ICANN in June 2011, paves the way for hundreds of new top-level domain names. 
  • What issues and procedures do trademark owners need to be aware of, starting with Legal Rights Objections when applications are published late April 2012? 


Cathleen Stadecker counsels clients regarding trademark, copyright and domain name issues; prepares and prosecutes trademark applications, including conducting trademark clearance searches and responding to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions; and enforces and defends clients’ intellectual property rights through negotiation, trademark opposition, cancellation and ex parte proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, mediation and litigation. Before joining DRM, Cathy worked for five years as a trademark and litigation associate in the San Francisco office of a prominent international law firm. She clerked for Judge Richard Owen in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Cathy received her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.


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