German Federal Court on “Kinder” trademark case. (updated)

Reports AFP (through Yahoo): Ferrero (known in domain name circles for the kinder.at case and known to the general public for Kinderschokolade and chocolate surprise eggs) attempted to keep competitor Haribo from using the word “Kinder” (children)…

Reports AFP (through Yahoo): Ferrero (known in domain name circles for the kinder.at case and known to the general public for Kinderschokolade and chocolate surprise eggs) attempted to keep competitor Haribo from using the word “Kinder” (children) in the product designation “Kinder Kram” (kids’ stuff) for sweeties, and failed in Germany’s highest civil court. The court decision is not yet available online.

IPC discussing WHOIS with…

Another one from the registrars’ list: Representatives from the Intellectual Property Constituency are going to call into the registrars’ meeting in Marina del Rey to discuss WHOIS privacy and accuracy. Also, the IPC’s Metalitz will be a witness a…

Another one from the registrars’ list: Representatives from the Intellectual Property Constituency are going to call into the registrars’ meeting in Marina del Rey to discuss WHOIS privacy and accuracy.Also, the IPC’s Metalitz will be a witness at the upcoming Congressional hearing on WHOIS on 4 September, with Ted Kassinger (DoC), Ben Edelman, and an unknown FBI representative.

Transfers Assistance Group

Elana Broitman’s note to the registrars list reminds me to blog this: ICANN is in the process of implementing its transfers policies, and has convened a Transfers Assistance Group to help with this. Sebastian Ricciardi and myself are representing …

Elana Broitman’s note to the registrars list reminds me to blog this: ICANN is in the process of implementing its transfers policies, and has convened a Transfers Assistance Group to help with this. Sebastian Ricciardi and myself are representing the ALAC there. The group’s first call took place a week ago, and was very constructive. Preliminary results are expected for 9/11, when most of the group will meet in Marina del Rey.Questions the group has to deal with include what agreements to modify in order to implement the transfers policies, what a standardized form of authorization for a transfer should look like, what to fill in for some of the time lines left open in the policy proper, etc.

Anonymization may be possible in Germany.

According to this press release, the JAP anonymizing proxy (think of it as anonymizer.com plus Chaumian mixes) is anonymizing again: The District Court in Frankfurt/Main decided yesterday that the enforcement of the judicial instruction by the Low…

According to this press release, the JAP anonymizing proxy (think of it as anonymizer.com plus Chaumian mixes) is anonymizing again: The District Court in Frankfurt/Main decided yesterday that the enforcement of the judicial instruction by the Lower District Court in Frankfurt to the partners of the AN.ON project … is to be suspended.

More on the pending WHOIS hearing.

Martin Schwimmer has more details on the planned House hearings about the IP lobby’s top gripes with ICANN (ICANNwatch broke the story), including a copy of the letter from representatives Lamar Smith and Howard Berman to the Department of Commerce.

Martin Schwimmer has more details on the planned House hearings about the IP lobby’s top gripes with ICANN (ICANNwatch broke the story), including a copy of the letter from representatives Lamar Smith and Howard Berman to the Department of Commerce.

Asian Internet Community to move away from ICANN?

Via Goolgenews: According to Koera IT News, governments and businesses in Asia are in the process of defecting from the current Internet address (domain) structure which is unilaterally administered by the US-led ICANN, and begin to unveil indepen…

Via Goolgenews: According to Koera IT News, governments and businesses in Asia are in the process of defecting from the current Internet address (domain) structure which is unilaterally administered by the US-led ICANN, and begin to unveil independent alternative services.The article goes on to talk about some new service offers which appear to aim at providing complete URLs in non-latin scripts, from the protocol identifier to the top level domain. (As much of the referenced information isn’t available in any language that I’d understand, I may quite well be misunderstanding this, though.)