The sunrise period for .sucks has been extended to June 19.
It was supposed to end on May 29.
In a statement on the www.registry.sucks
website, Vox Populi said: "Even though the launch of the new
dotSucks domain names has received overwhelming media and
market attention, we have discovered that far too many
intellectual property lawyers, company executives and brand
owners were unaware of the registry, the availability of its
names or the Trademark Clearinghouse.
"This was a concern that led us over the last weeks to pay
closer attention to the ability of the trademark holders to
make a timely and informed decision about registering their
marks or not."
the House judiciary committee held a hearing on
ICANN’s performance as well as the .sucks gTLD.
This followed ICANN’s requests to the
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Canada’s
Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) to investigate
what it called Vox Populi’s predatory pricing for
the .sucks gTLD. Representative Darrell Issa opened the session
by referring to .sucks as "legalised extortion".
has started an aggressive campaign to publicise the launch of
.sucks. It sparked considerable discussion at
INTA’s annual meeting in San Diego where it roamed
the streets with an "INTA.sucks" mobile billboard. Vox Populi
representatives also handed out .sucks condoms and t-shirts
outside the convention centre and had a much-visited booth
For the sunrise period, Vox Populi
placed an MSRP of $2,499 on what it considers premium domains,
many of which contain trade marks. However, unlike most other
gTLDs where the price drops in the general availability phase,
these domains are placed in what Vox Populi terms the "market
premium" list, where the price stays up even after sunrise
"We have set
the price at how we think they will be valued on the market,"
Vox Populi CEO John Berard
told Managing IP.
However, two gTLDS that
did go on general availability this week were .adult and
hot" litigation data
The Patently-O blog published an interesting chart this week
in response to PwC’s
recent patent litigation report. The consulting company
reported a 13% drop in patent litigation in 2014, but the data
was for the 2014 fiscal year ending with September 2014.
in a Patently-O blog post provided updated charts on patent
litigation filings and pending patent cases "for those who like
their data piping hot", based off Lex Machina’s
search engine. This revealed that pending district court
litigation has plateaued in the past few months.
However, after a dip in 2014, filings from the first six
months of 2015 are up again. "If the current trend holds, FY
2015 will see about as many district court patent case filings
as 2013," said Rantanen.
Vice v Virtue
Vice is squaring off
against virtue in a trade mark fight,
according to The Hollywood Reporter, which claims the names
involved in the case may make it the "Best Trademark Lawsuit
Vice Media sued Virtue Marketing in a Georgia federal court
Vice owns an in-house creative, advertising and marketing
agency called Virtue, named to play off a virtue being the
opposite of a vice.
Vice wants Virtue Marketing to change its name, and sent a
cease-and-desist letter in January. The lawsuit says Virtue
"filed two United States trade mark application in bad faith"
since then. Second and third letters were sent in February and
No blue for you
The TTAB has cancelled the registration of the colour "blue"
for Nu-Calgon because of a lack of the substantial exclusivity
required for acquired distinctiveness,
reports The TTABlog.
The mark was obtained in December 2010. RTX Scientific
petitioned for cancellation, saying the mark lacked the
acquired distinctiveness because the "blue design is widely
used by a variety of manufacturers in the HVAC industry for
both identical and a variety of products".
The TTABlog noted that at least six other companies were
offering blue "cleaning preparations for air conditioning or
refrigeration coils" at the time the registration issued. "In
other words, Respondent's mark is not distinctive," said the
Blackberry settles with
Blackberry has settled its patent dispute with Typo
Typo, co-founded by US TV presenter Ryan Seacrest, was sued
by Blackberry over its smartphone keyboards, which Blackberry
said infringed its patents. Under the settlement, Typo will not
sell keyboards for smartphones and other devices with screens
that are smaller than 7.9 inches but can sell keyboards for
larger devices. .
A US district court in February sanctioned Typo for
violating an injunction barring it from selling a keyboard case
for the iPhone.
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