October 15, 2010
Cambridge, MA, October 15, 2010 – Lando and Anastasi, LLP (L&A) has announced the launch of a blog devoted to proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The Domain Blog (the-domain-blog.com) summarizes and comments on recent UDRP decisions, often within a day or two after they are published. In addition, the blog features news stories and current issues surrounding the UDRP.
The UDRP is a process that was instituted in 1999 to prevent "cybersquatting," the registration a domain name with the intent to capitalize on the goodwill associated with another party's trademark. Every domain owner must agree, as a prerequisite to registration of the domain, to participate in a UDRP proceeding in the event of a dispute. The proceeding is a streamlined, arbitration-like process in which the parties submit their arguments by paper or electronically. The submissions are reviewed by one or more panelists, which may include attorneys, former judges, and law professors. The panelists then issue a written opinion announcing their decision, which may be to deny the complaint, or order that the domain be cancelled or transferred to the party filing the complaint.
L&A attorney Nathan Harris is the founder and editor of the blog, which is published most weekdays. According to Harris, his goal is to develop an indexed and searchable body of decision summaries that can be referred to by both legal practitioners and domain owners. "I try to identify the most interesting decisions, which in many cases are cautionary tales of what not to do," explained Harris. "UDRP proceedings present a lot of pitfalls for the unwary, and hopefully this blog will help both trademark owners and domain owners avoid some of them."
UDRP Proceedings can be a low-cost alternative to litigation for trademark owners who believe a domain has been registered by someone attempting to capitalize on that trademark. As the number of complaints grows and decisions continue to accumulate, some feel there is a growing need for a resource like the Domain Blog.
"Though there are other blogs that discuss the UDRP, none of them provide concise, structured summaries like the Domain Blog," explained L&A attorney John Welch. Welch is no stranger to blogging himself, having become one of the country's leading intellectual property law bloggers since founding The TTABlog® (www.ttablog.com) in 2004. On his blog, Welch, who is a frequent lecturer and noted trademark expert, analyzes decisions emanating from the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and discusses other issues regarding trademark law.
Harris is also a contributor to the Ordinary Observer (design-patents.blogspot.com), an L&A blog devoted to design patent law.
Founded in 2003, L&A specializes in intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and business transactions and related litigation. The Cambridge-based intellectual property law firm was recently listed as one of the largest IP firms in New England and is one of the fastest growing IP firms in the country. The firm has received national recognition for its practice, aggressive approach to serving clients' needs, and culture.