PW Registry Corporation Announces Services for Trademark Owners

IP Claims and Dispute Resolution Policy Target Both

Infringement Prevention and Protection

May 03, 2004, 01:00 ET from The PW Registry Corporation

    ATLANTA and BOSTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- INTA Annual Meeting -- The PW
 Registry Corporation ( today announced services for
 trademark owners to police and protect their trademarks in the PW top-level
 domain, planned for general availability in the summer of 2004.  Short for
 "Personal Web," the PW domain is the Internet's only top-level domain
 extension devoted to individuals and "Communities of Shared Interests."
     The best way to avoid trademark infringement is to stop it before it
 happens.  The PW IP Claims Service is an annual subscription for trademark
 owners to monitor PW domains for potentially infringing domain names.  As an
 industry first, the PW Registry's IP Claims Service provides both trademark
 prevention and protection for trademark owners 365 days a year.
     "Launching this summer, PW will be the Internet's first Community-based
 Domain Registry," says Tom Barrett, President of PW Registry.  "Communities
 can be formed around alumni groups, political issues, professional
 organizations and hobbies.  The PW IP Claims service allows trademark owners
 to monitor potential use of their trademarks throughout the community
 namespace and to educate users on the lawful and non-infringing uses of
 trademarks in online communities."
     PW Registry helps prevent trademark infringement two ways:
      1.  By publishing a list of purchased IP Claims.  This published list
          allows potential registrants to be aware that their use of a string
          is being monitored by a trademark owner.  Publication in the list is
          optional by the IP Claimant.
      2.  By sending an email to registrants.  If an IP Claim matches a domain
          name registration, an email notice is immediately sent to both the
          registrant and the IP Claimant.
     In addition, PW Registry has announced its own Dispute Resolution Policy
 (pwDRP), developed in association with the Berkman Center at Harvard Law
 School.  The Berkman Center is a research program founded to explore legal
 issues on the Internet and to help pioneer the development of Internet-related
 law.  Independent dispute resolution service providers will handle all PW
 domain name disputes.
     Eligibility and Availability
     All registered, pending and common law trademarks registered in any
 jurisdiction are eligible for filing a PW IP Claim.  No proof of trademark
 rights is required in order to file a Claim.  PW IP Claims will be available
 via resellers starting June 15.
     About PW Registry Corporation
     As the public trustee of the PW domain, PW Registry Corporation is
 responsible for ensuring that the management and administration of the PW
 top-level domain, the Internet's first domain extension devoted to
 "Communities of Shared Interest," is in the public interest.   PW Registry
 Corporation provides the PW domain through partnership with the Micronesia
 Investment and Development Corporation, the ICANN-delegated Sponsor for PW;
 and the Palau National Communications Corporation, the designated point of
 contact within the Government of the Republic of Palau.  For more information,
 please visit
      Thomas Barrett
      PW Registry Corporation
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