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These days, domain names are just as important as trademarks. With a domain name, you create your own unique place on the internet and increase your reach among your target audience. Although domain names have no formal legal status in some jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands, the right to a domain name is still usually considered from the perspective of trademark law. This means that as the owner of a trademark you can take action against infringement and enlist protection to strengthen your position. With a domain name you claim, as it were, your own position on the internet; therefore, it is a good idea to closely follow developments in this field.

WHOIS a casualty of the GDPR?


While the entry into effect of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the end of May might be music to the ears of privacy advocates, brand owners and trademark attorneys could be hearing a rather less pleasant tune. The GDPR will make it significantly more difficult to access information about domain name registrants: as a consequence, it will become harder to..


Trademarks, domain names and the rise of the dotBrand


In 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opened up the domain name space, offering organisations the possibility to apply to register new types of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) including dotBrands. Several multinationals are now starting to make use of this new way to market their products and services, as the launch of sites such as:,..


Arla recovers from domain hijacker


Danish dairy cooperative Arla has recovered the domain name following a ruling by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. The respondent had previously registered other well-known brands as domain names with the aim of selling them for profit.


Will ‘notorious’ Conor McGregor get knocked out in trademark fight?


Conor McGregor is the well-known UFC and MMA fighter who has recently come back into the IP spotlight following a string of disputes at the EUIPO. Over recent years, McGregor has looked to expand on his notoriety with a range of filings for rights in his name and various nicknames. Novagraaf’s Claire Jones tackles the disputes.


UKIPO confirms bad faith in ‘Gleissner’ filing


Approximately 5% of all the live contested trademark cases before the UK IPO relate to ‘Gleissner’ filings, according to a recent ruling over the mark ‘Alexander’. This latest decision is good news for affected brand owners, says Novagraaf’s Claire Jones.


Iron Maiden gets heavy with trademark infringers


Iron Maiden were originally founded by bassist and songwriter Steve Harris in 1975, but the English heavy metal giants are continuing to tour and release new material to this day. The group recently hit the headlines in the US for another reason, after it filed a lawsuit in in Illinois against the unauthorised use of the ‘Iron Maiden’ brand on the internet.


Grumpy Cat, or: How to make millions from (almost) nothing


Novagraaf's Anca Draganescu-Pinawin on the cat that grew and protected a business empire using IP rights.


A model for IP management success: outsourced, in-house or hybrid?


In the second of our new series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken to implement and manage a corporate trademark strategy, and the pros and cons of the differing IP management models available.


Best practices in IP management: setting the strategy


In the first of a series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken in order to put a trademark strategy in place to support and build your business.


MARQUES publishes Brexit position paper


The European brand owners association, MARQUES, has issued a Brexit position paper calling for urgent clarity on IP rights post-Brexit.