ATLANTA and BOSTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- INTA Annual Meeting -- The PW Registry Corporation (http://www.pwregistry.pw) 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 http://www.pwregistry.pw. Contacts: Thomas Barrett PW Registry Corporation firstname.lastname@example.org +1-617-930-0638 This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.
SOURCE The PW Registry Corporation