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Marksmen Names Russ Pangborn CEO

Posted May 7th, 2014


Former Head of Trademarks at Microsoft Joins a World Leader in Brand Protection Services

GLENDALE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Marksmen, Inc., a worldwide leader in brand protection services, today named Russell Pangborn chief executive officer effective immediately.  He succeeds Ken Taylor, founder of the company who becomes a consultant to the firm.

Pangborn joins Marksmen from Microsoft where he served as Assistant General Counsel in charge of trademarks.  At Marksmen, he will guide the next stage of the firm’s growth using his intimate knowledge of the services and technology solutions trademark owners need for the protection and enforcement of their valuable intellectual property. He will continue to be a strong industry advocate as he has done in the past as Officer and Board Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) for ICANN’s new gTLD Program, an active member of the Intellectual Property Constituency in ICANN, and co-founder of the McCarthy Institute-Microsoft annual symposium on Trademark Law and Its Challenges.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Obama Signs Safe Web Act into Law

Posted December 5th, 2012


From The Hill

President Obama signed into law on Tuesday a bill that would reauthorize the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to clamp down on Internet fraud and online scammers based abroad.

Outgoing California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack was the lead co-sponsor of the bill, the U.S. Safe Web Act, which expands the FTC’s powers so it can share information about cross-border online fraud with foreign law enforcement authorities.

The bill was originally passed by Congress in 2006 and was set to expire next year. With the president’s signature, the measure is reauthorized through September 2020.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Leahy Scuttles His Warrantless e-Mail Surveillance Bill

Posted November 21st, 2012


From CNET

After public criticism of proposal that lets government agencies warrantlessly access Americans’ e-mail, Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will “not support” such an idea at next week’s vote.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power — including warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail accounts — than they possess under current law.

The Vermont Democrat said today on Twitter that he would “not support such an exception” for warrantless access. The remarks came a few hours after a CNET article was published this morning that disclosed the existence of the measure.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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The Pirate Bay Must Be Blocked by UK ISPs, Court Rules

Posted May 1st, 2012


From BBC News

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled.

The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly pirated free music and video. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site.

“Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists,” the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said.

A sixth ISP, BT, requested “a few more weeks” to consider their position on blocking the site.

BPI’s chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale.

“Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them.

“This is wrong – musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else.”

See the full skinny HERE.

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ISPs, MPAA, RIAA to unveil graduated response HQ

Posted April 2nd, 2012


From CNET

The major film studios and music companies will soon unveil plans for a “copyright center,” an organization designed to oversee the implementation of the controversial graduated-response program, CNET has learned.

Last July, when some of the country’s top Internet service providers, including AT&T, Comcast Verizon and others, agreed to begin implementing a series of measures designed to discourage illegal file-sharing the ISPs said they and the entertainment companies would establish a Center for Copyright Information (CCI) to “assist in the effort to combat online infringement.”

The ISPs, major record labels and Hollywood film studios are expected to soon name the person in charge of the CCI. CNET has learned that one of the leading candidates for the job is Jill Lesser, managing director of lobbying and public policy firm The Glover Park. She is also a member of the board at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-profit group that advocates for freed speech on the Web.

For the full skinny go HERE.

 

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In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers’ Tactics

Posted February 28th, 2012


From The New York Times

Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its most prominent target yet: the Vatican.

The campaign against the Vatican, which did not receive wide attention at the time, involved hundreds of people, some with hacking skills and some without. A core group of participants openly drummed up support for the attack using YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Others searched for vulnerabilities on a Vatican Web site and, when that failed, enlisted amateur recruits to flood the site with traffic, hoping it would crash, according to a computer security firm’s report to be released this week.

The attack, albeit an unsuccessful one, provides a rare glimpse into the recruiting, reconnaissance and warfare tactics used by the shadowy hacking collective.

Anonymous, which first gained widespread notice with an attack on the Church of Scientology in 2008, has since carried out hundreds of increasingly bold strikes, taking aim at perceived enemies including law enforcement agencies, Internet security companies and opponents of the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks.

The group’s attack on the Vatican was confirmed by the hackers and is detailed in a report that Imperva, a computer security company based in Redwood City, Calif., plans to release ahead of a computer security conference here this week. It may be the first end-to-end record of a full Anonymous attack.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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.XXX Sites Hit by Rapid Takedown

Posted February 10th, 2012


From Domain Incite

The National Arbitration Forum has ordered the secret takedown of 12 .XXX domains since the adults-only gTLD launched in December.

NAF yesterday published statistics about the .xxx Rapid Evaluation Service (RES), which ICM Registry created and NAF exclusively administers.

Fifteen RES complaints have been filed since December 6, 12 of which have been resolved so far. All of the cases were won by the complainant — a trademark holder in 11 of the cases.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Looking for Crooks in Lower-Saxony? Try using Facebook

Posted February 8th, 2012


From REUTERS

Police in the German state of Lower-Saxony will soon use their networks of Facebook “friends” to find missing persons and hunt out suspected criminals, according to the state’s interior minister.

The decision to use social media in manhunts follows the completion of a pilot scheme in the northern city of Hanover last year which drew sharp criticism from data protection groups.

The scheme helped police clear up six criminal investigations and two missing persons cases after identikits of suspects and stills from Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage were circulated on the social networking site Facebook.

 

For the full story go HERE.

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Info on ICANN’s Legal Rights Objections for the new gTLDs

Posted February 6th, 2012


This from Nick Wood, friend and partner at Com Laude:

1.  Go HERE for FAQ on “Legal Rights Objections under ICANN’s New gTLD Program — Filing a Legal Rights Objection at WIPO: What You Need To Know”

2. Go HERE for a WIPO Center-produced summary of “Trademark Rights Protection Mechanisms for New gTLDs”.

3. Go HERE for an updated page (a policy snapshot) on “WIPO Observations on New gTLD Dispute Resolution Mechanisms”.

 

 

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Federal Court Holds In Favor Of Godaddy in Alleged Cybersquatting Case

Posted January 11th, 2012


In a case brought under the Lanham Act, alleging cybersquatting, contributory cybersquatting, as well as claims of unfair competition, Plaintiff Petroliam Nasional Behad (“Petronas”) asserted that  www.petronastower.net and www.petronastowers.net (registered by Go Daddy) were used by one or more non-parties to violate its trademark rights by cybersquatting.

See the full story HERE, HERE & HERE.

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