Threat Vendors are Going Mainstream:Extortion Is Their Business Model!

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Wed, May 27, 2015

I’m just back from a fantastic International Trademark Association (INTA) conference. It is exciting to spend a few days with the foremost practioners in trademark and IP world.  One of the most visible organization there was a registrar, Vox Populi Registrar, Inc., who owns the .SUCKS gTLD.   Their representatives, clad in bright blue and white, were merrily touring the floor, speaking with vendors and attendees, about how much business sense it made to a brand to purchase the .SUCKS domain.  There booth featured a continuous slide show of F500 brands,"using" the .SUCKs domain.  ibm.sucks; ford.sucks; starbucks.sucks. yourcompanyhere.sucks. Outside the conference hall, there were more blue-clad representatives, passing out .SUCKs items that were prohibited in the hall. The Vox Populi message was communicated clearly --  It only costs $2500/year to reserve this gTLD.
"Isn't that a small amount to pay to know that no one else uses it with your brand?..."

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Topics: risk management, brand abuse, online brand protection, Reputation Management, INTA, trademark, intellectual property, Risk, gTLDs, cyber threats, Chief Security Officer, online risk, unauthorized associations

135th INTA Annual Meeting Recap: New gTLDs, Social Media and Bullies, oh my!

Posted by Jamila Hunte

Tue, May 21, 2013

The International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting marked its 135th year in Dallas, Texas.  There was no short supply of cowboy hats and warm southern hospitality to meet the delegates as they convened into downtown Dallas.  At this point, I am not sure what the attendee number will be this year, but they say that it is on track to beat last year’s Washington, DC meeting which opened its doors to 9600 attendees – a new record. 

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Topics: trademark issues, ICANN, gTLD, twitter, INTA

Visit BrandProtect at the International Trademark Associations 134th Annual Meeting

Posted by Greg Barrow

Fri, Feb 24, 2012

More than 9,000 intellectual property professionals will convene May 5–9 in Washington, D.C. for INTA’s 2012 Annual Meeting – the premier trademark event for networking, continuing legal education, and committee and client meetings.

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Topics: Brand Protection, brand abuse, gTLD, INTA, trademark

INTA 2011 Leadership Meeting in Miami: Brand Creation, Enforcement Strategies and Beyond

Posted by Jamila Hunte

Mon, Nov 21, 2011

The International Trademark Association (INTA) 2011 Leadership Meeting was held this year in Miami Beach, Florida from November 8th – November 12th.  As you may have guessed, I dreaded leaving the cool 10°C Ontario weather for the warm and sunny climate that would meet me when I arrived in Miami.  I wanted no part of it, but as a team player I knew I had to take it for the team.  Of course I am completely joking and instead of feeling hesitant to go, it was the complete opposite.  I have been an active member of INTA since 2006 have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend and represent BrandProtect at various INTA Annual Meetings in different parts of the world over the years.  I am currently involved with the Online Reference Committee (going on my second term) and have also been a member of the Internet Committee in the years prior to that.  This was my first Leadership Meeting and I was excited to see what it had to offer. 

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Topics: trademark issues, social media, INTA, trademark

New Volunteer Term Kicks Off at INTA!

Posted by Rosemary Brkopac

Thu, Jan 28, 2010

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Topics: INTA

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