Domain Names

INDIA - Lifting of extension of deadlines due to COVID-19

To alleviate the difficulties faced by lawyers and litigants across the country due to the nationwide lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on 23rd March 2020 passed an order in In Re: Cognizance for Extension of Limitation granting an indefinite extension of the…


Legal Notices in Intellectual Property Right cases: A slippery slope?

More often than not, when a “bona fide” proprietor of the trademark (I use the term “bona fide” rather loosely here) finds unauthorized use of their mark by a third party, the first step taken (often) is to send the other party a legal notice. While some legal notices sent/received are convoluted…


Amendments brought about to INDRP for .in domain disputes

The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has notified certain changes to the INDRP Rules of Procedure. The new policy is aimed at streamlining the INDRP process, making it easier for rights holders to protect and enforce their rights against unauthorized registration of .in domains or .in…


 Conflicting 'Ventures' of Domain Names

Technology is at our fingertips today. At the ‘click’ of a button, we get the desired result that we want. It has become a silent best friend without whom human existence seems inconceivable. Nevertheless, there is always a point when, honey too can be poisonous and that’s how technology is to be…


Cybersquatting and Fraud – Delhi HC Grants Injunctive Relief to Colgate Palmolive

In a case of fraud, the High Court of Delhi has recently cracked down on unidentified persons who solicited money deposits in the garb of job interviews for a position in Colgate Palmolive Company. In two orders dated 12 April and 15 May, 2019, the High Court of Delhi has ordered an ex parte ad…


Understanding Domain Name Disputes and Dispute Resolution Mechanism

Introduction on Domain name As per Blacklaw’s dictionary Domain Name refers to the words and characters that website owners designate for their registered internet addresses. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages the internet’s global domain name system. A domain…


Acting in Dual Capacity- Barred by law?

As we all know, advocates and solicitors ought to obtain a power of attorney from their clients including non-resident clients, in order to facilitate the Advocate’s firm or Solicitor’s firm to act in its professional capacity for the client. Many times, besides acting as Constituted Attorneys i.e.…


Delhi High Court reverses arbitrator’s award on thoughtworks.in

The Delhi High Court recently passed an order reversing the holding of a INDRP complaint where the Arbitrator passed an award against Thoughtworks Incorporated, a US company in favour of Super Software Private Limited, an Indian company with regard to the ownership and use of the domain…


The Case of the Innocent Domain Squatter

We all have different reasons for getting into the study and practice of law. Regardless of whether you have parents/family members with a thriving practice who need an heir, to not getting into any other course or if you’re like me, and read too many Erle Stanley Gardners at some point in law…


No Protection For Generic Domain Names

Given the augmenting cyberspace era, domain name disputes are on an ultimate rise and there have been numerous judgments pronounced on domain name disputes and majority of these disputes are focused on the interplay between trademarks and domain names. Last month we had reported a Bombay High Court…