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Facebook Offers Users Designer URL: Important Information For Trademark Owners; and, Public Comment For New gTLDs Now Being Accepted Until July 6, 2009

Client Advisory

June 23, 2009

The online social networking site, Facebook, has announced that users will be allowed to register designer usernames for their Facebook accounts, e.g., facebook.com/yourbrand. 

Trademark owners with a Facebook page prior to May 31, 2009 and a minimum 1,000 fans as of that date should register their brand as a username immediately here: www.facebook.com/username.

All other Facebook pages created after May 31, 2009, and not meeting the minimum number of fans, may register a designer name after June 28, 2009. It is recommended that brandowners without a Facebook presence establish a page and register their name on the June 28, 2009 date. Registering a brand early may help prevent impermissible use by third-parties.

Trademark owners should monitor the registrations and report unauthorized use of trademarks to Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/copyright.php?noncopyright_notice=1.

In related news, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be allowing public comment on the new Final Report for new generic Top-Level Domains before July 6, 2009. 

As discussed here http://www.clm.com/publication.cfm/ID/228, ICANN will be offering generic Top-Level Domain names (gTLDs) personalized to the owner (think: www.business.yourbrand). ICANN has issued its Final Report on the issue (www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/irt-final-report-trademark-protection-29may09-en.pdf) and will be accepting comments until July 6, 2009. The Final Report will be used to create the new Draft Application Guidebook for new gTLDs, set for release in early 2010, which will establish the rules for owning a new gTLD. Corporations seeking to comment on ICANN’s new gTLD Final Report should submit comments at irt-final-report@icann.org.


For help enforcing your trademark and domain name rights, please contact Scott M. Sisun at (212-238-8728, sisun@clm.com) or department partners Rose Auslander at (212-238-8601, auslander@clm.com) or H. Thomas Davis (212-238-8850, davis@clm.com).

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP uses Client Advisories to inform clients and other interested parties of noteworthy issues, decisions and legislation which may affect them or their businesses. A Client Advisory does not constitute legal advice or an opinion. This document was not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein. © 2017 Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.
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