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01 Mar 2017

Domain names: the foundation of online business

Domain names are an essential element to creating a strong online brand identity. How should you go about selecting the right domain name and protecting yourself and your business against cybersquatters? Our trade mark experts share some tips: As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) points out, “the choice of a domain name has become an important business decision... Read more

16 Mar 2016

Spam Scams: beware of unsolicited IP services being offered to IP holders

There has recently been an increase in the number of unsolicited or fraudulent letters or emails purporting to offer services such as IP protection, promotion, advertising, or renewal of registered IP rights and domain names.  Many scam letters/emails look official.  However, these unsolicited letters are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Intellectual Property Office of New... Read more

11 Dec 2015

.brands – the growth of new domains

In 2013, agreements were signed for the first batch of new sponsored generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) expansion policy. Among the applicants for new gTLDs were 594 brand owners, seeking ownership of 675 of their own ‘.brand’ domains. .brand domains are defined specifically as those where the operator of the domain... Read more

11 Nov 2015

New Zealand Domain Name Commission’s Review of the .nz WHOIS Database

The WHOIS database is a publically available search service that provides information on the holders of domain names listed in the .nz register. The Domain Name Commissioner recently announced that a review of the WHOIS Service is underway and sought submissions from the public on a range of questions covering the collection and display of information held in the... Read more

07 May 2015

Don’t be .SUCKER punched by the latest domain extension!

Brand owners!  Have you heard about the .sucks domain names?  Sunrise registrations for the TLD opened on 30 March and Instagram, Bank of America and Keven Spacey have already secured their '.sucks'. Controversial domain extensions like .sucks are nothing new.  However, the high fees to secure a .sucks are unprecedented. Canadian company Vox Pupuli, the TLD owner, charges... Read more

18 Mar 2015

Release of .nz Domains: Are You Ready?

‘Second level’ domains like the .co in ‘’ and the .org in ‘’ are now optional. You can register .nz names with them, without them, or both. Depending on what domains you own and when they were registered, they may have preferential registration or reservation (PRR) status to the shorter .nz version... Read more

30 Oct 2014

Release of new gTLDs uncorks a wave of criticism

The recent release of a number of new generic top level domain (gTLDs) names by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) including .vin and .wine has been met with strong opposition from wine industry producers, associations and various member states around the world. The major concern with the release of .vin and .wine gTLDs, which are available... Read more

17 Sep 2014

.nz domain names available from 30 September 2014

New Zealand domain names ending in .nz but without a second level, such as .co and .net will be available from 30 September 2014.   Those who have existing second level domain names will have first call (referred to as Preferential Registration Eligibility or PRE status) on the new domain names, provided they registered their existing second level domain names before 30... Read more

19 Mar 2014

Dot Kiwi domain names now open

St Patrick’s Day (17 March) coincided this year with the end of the sunrise period for the new .KIWI top-level domain. As we explained in a previous post, the sunrise period is a service which all new global top-level domains (gTLDs) must provide for at least 30 days to trade mark owners who have registered their marks with the Trademark... Read more

04 Apr 2013

Many happy returns: The NZ Tax Refunds case

In a relatively rare decision in this area of law, the Court of Appeal last week granted an interim injunction in favour of an appellant, an online tax refunds service called NZ Tax Refunds Ltd, to prevent the respondents from using the domain name  and the trading name “Tax Refund NZ”.  The... Read more