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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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INTA’s Take on New gTLDs

Posted August 2nd, 2011

Click HERE to read INTA’s take on New gTLDs.

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INTA SF Begins Today!

Posted May 15th, 2011

INTA kicks off today in San Francisco.

Stop by the Marksmen booth (521&523), say hello to NameSmash editor Ken Taylor and pick up some free swag.

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INTA Opposes Unlimited Expansion of Internet Top-Level Domain Names

Posted August 3rd, 2009

On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, the INTA Board of Directors convened a special meeting to consider and pass a board resolution setting forth the Association’s position on the creation of new Internet generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) and trademark protection.

The resolution, which the Board adopted unanimously, opposes the current proposal by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to introduce an unlimited number of new gTLDs to the Internet. It reflects trademark owners’ important interests in the development of the Internet’s domain name system and related policies. The evolution of the domain name system is of special interest because of the impact it has on the ability of trademark owners to protect and promote their trademarks on the Internet.

Many domain name system issues are managed and overseen by ICANN through an ongoing arrangement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration. ICANN sets and coordinates global policies for gTLDs and has proposed an expansion from the current 21 gTLDs (such as .gov and .edu) to an unlimited number of new gTLDs.

Expanding the number of gTLDs concerns trademark owners for many reasons, including the potential for trademark infringement and dilution, consumer confusion that may result from a sudden and mass proliferation of top-level addresses, and because current ICANN mechanisms and policies have not been proven effective for protecting trademarks in the current gTLDs and the over 240 country-code domain names.


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Trademarks in Chinese Cyberspace

Posted April 1st, 2009

If you are like many companies, you get emails regularly from Hong Kong or China that look like this:

We are a professional Internet consultant organization in Asia, which mainly deal with the global companies’ domain name registration and internet intellectual property right protection. Currently, we have a pretty important issue needing to confirm with your company. On 2009-03-23, we received an application formally; one person named “Jacques Tits” wanted to apply for the Internet brand “[YOUR BRAND] ” and some domain names through our body. During our preliminary investigation, we found that these domain names’ keyword and internet brand is identical with your trademark. I wonder whether you consigned “Jacques Tits” to register these domain names through us or not? Or is “Jacques Tits” your business partner or distributor in Asia? Currently, we have postponed this application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please let the principal make a confirmation with me by telephone or email ASAP. In addition, I must state that we have time limited for one person or one company’s registration. It is just 15 days. If your company files doesn’t resent within the time limited. We will unconditionally authorize the application of “Jacques Tits”.

We asked Hong Kong resident and all around good guy, Joe Simone to fill us in from the front lines and to provide some insights on IP rights protection. Joe is a Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Beijing/Hong Kong.


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INTA Trademark Law And The Internet – Early Bird Registration Ends Monday

Posted January 8th, 2009

The INTA Trademark Law and The Internet forum is coming to San Fransisco, CA from February 9-10, 2009.

Don’t forget to register by Monday, January 12, 2009 to take advantage of early bird member and non member rates. The conference is being held at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Warf (a place known for its vendors selling excellent soups served in bread bowls). 

Don’t forget to dress warm, folks, its cold at the warf in February. Sunny California rules don’t apply.

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