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The Knowledge Group Has Scheduled a Live Webcast on Emergence of the New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD): Revolutionizing Trademark Protection Live Webcast

New York, NY, November 04, 2015 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that it has scheduled a live webcast entitled: Emergence of the New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD): Revolutionizing Trademark Protection Live Webcast. This two-hour event is scheduled on December 15, 2015 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET.

Event Synopsis:

In establishing the .BRAND New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has created a scarce resource of immense commercial value and an opportunity for infringers and counterfeiters. Already there are bitterly contentious issues. Amazon Inc. was not awarded the ‘.amazon’, Ralph Lauren lost ‘.polo’ brand to the Polo Community; and Coach Inc. lost ‘.coach’ since it is a generic term.

Where more than one company has a legitimate trademark interest in a particular .BRAND TLD, such as in different countries or product categories, the resolution of disputes by ICANN is complex and ultimately may be decided by auction. However, the losing party may register a variation of the mark which, of course, could lead to confusion of consumers. There is a possibility for domain names to be shared by holders of the same trademark. For example, web site presents with a portal page on which you can choose to visit the website of Winterthur City, Winterthur region, Winterthur tourism, or Winterthur Insurance.

Registering entire portfolios in the TMCH may be prohibitively expensive. With the launch of hundreds of new TLDs and thousands of new, second-level domains, trade-mark owners must review their portfolios and decide which must be prioritized for brand protection. Companies, need to understand the changes, assess and manage the risks, and determine new strategies to protect and advertise their brands against other legitimate and illegitimate brands.

In a two hour, live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will discuss the latest, contentious, and most significant issues regarding the New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs): .BRAND Revolutionizing Trademark Protection in 2016.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
Why Buy a gTLD
Risks and Benefits
Securing a gTLD
ICANN Registry Operation Contract
The '.brand' TLD Dispute and Solutions
Recent Disputes

Facebook Inc v. Radoslav
US civil remedy: Anti-cybersquatting Act

Legal Rights Objection and String Confusion Objection
Trademark Clearinghouse and Rights Protection
Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) System on Domain Name Disputes
Best Practices

Speakers/Faculty Panel

Wiley Rein LLP
David E. Weslow

Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Nathaniel W. Edwards

Cullen and Dykman
Ariel E. Ronneburger

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