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Web domain name revolution could hit trademark defence: UN

Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:12 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - The mass expansion of Internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace, the United Nations' (UN) intellectual property body warned on Monday.

"We have this extraordinary expansion that is going on," said Mr Francis Gurry, head of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo), which oversees global rules against cybersquatting.

"That is going to have an impact, which is likely to be significant, on trademark protection. The exact nature of the impact, we aren't sure of at this stage, but it is likely to be significant and disruptive," Mr Gurry told reporters.

"Trademark owners are very concerned about the impact that this expansion will have on branding systems," he added.

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