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What GDPR Regulations Mean for Intellectual Property Right Owners

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018 and intellectual property right owners are having to reevaluate their system for enforcing and acquiring domain names with limited WHOIS data available to them.


The New Landscape for Enforcing and Acquiring Domains


Although the WHOIS system has been modified over the years, its future has never been put into question like it is today with the GDPR. Domain registrars are doing what they can to create ad hoc solutions that satisfy WHOIS requirements and still comply with the EU’s GDPR. Many domain registrars redacted personally identifiable information of domain registrants from their WHOIS database in compliance with ICANN’s Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, a short-term solution created to satisfy GDPR regulations.


Here are 5 new developments that have come about from a domain industry deprived of WHOIS

  1. Registrars are redacting personally identifiable information from WHOIS domain records and using message delivery forms
  2. Limited WHOIS information has become the protocol, but Private Registration remains a valuable tool
  3. Domain investors need to work harder to give visibility to their domain portfolios
  4. Intellectual property right owners and professionals require greater investigation in building cases and recovering domain names
  5. A gated WHOIS system is staged to become future industry solution


So how do intellectual property right owners and law firms navigate this new GDPR landscape?

Moving forward WHOIS information will not be readily available for acquisitions, UDRPs, takedowns, abuse complains and more. So how do you secure and protect the business and the brand you’ve built?

If you want to learn the new procedure for domain disputes and protecting your intellectual property then look no further. We’ve created a thorough guide that breaks down:

  • How the GDPR effects the domain industry
  • What the new UDRP process looks like
  • How to protect your ideas from being leaked via the WHOIS database

It also provides:

  • Examples of how domain registrars are handling personally identifiable information
  • Actions domain investors can take to make their domain ownership visible
  • A look at the future solution for facilitating communication between domain owners and trademark holders

Get your copy of “The new landscape for enforcing and acquiring domains” today!

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