President DomainSkate LLC
Joined on December 6, 2011 – United States
Total Post Views: 19,229
David K. Mitnick is the Founder and President of DomainSkate, LLC, an Internet company that focuses on domain name arbitration disputes. Prior to starting DomainSkate, David spent ten years as an intellectual property lawyer with Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP in New York, working on all phases of intellectual property law including trademark licensing and prosecution, copyright litigation and and internet law. Previously, David worked as a Finance Associate at the Sanwa Bank in the International and Project Finance Groups. He also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman of the Brooklyn Law School Trade Secrets Institute and is on the Board of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. David earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
The New gTLD Brand Congress held earlier this week in New York provided terrific insight into how brands and New gTLD businesses are approaching the space. We saw evidence of forward movement and decision making. Here are some of the main takeaways from the event. more»
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade gave an alarming assessment of the state of the New gTLD program... It was admirable for Mr. Chehade to stand up and talk frankly about the state of the New gTLD program. It is important for everyone going through the process of applying for a New gTLD to understand the constraints and limitations that ICANN is dealing with as it tries to implement the program, as well as the wider Internet community that will be affected by the new extensions. more»
Oakley, Inc. ("Oakley"), the maker of some very popular and trendy sunglasses, has also become a trend-setter in the area of UDRP law where it has been involved in two important decisions in the last few weeks. First, Oakley lost a UDRP decision last month for the domain name www.myfakeoakleysunglasses.com. In that case, the panelist Mr. Houston Putnam Lowry denied Oakley's Complaint on the basis that the domain was not confusingly similar to the OAKLEY mark. more»
There have been a lot of complaints leveled at companies like Amazon and Google who have applied to register a number of new gTLDs. The criticism is that the public will not benefit from having Amazon own .book, .store, .you, and .grocery if they only use it for their own purposes and don't open them up to sell domains to the broader public, and that allowing these companies to own generic registries will hurt their competitors in that space. Although these arguments are not without merit, there are also positive aspects to having established companies own gTLDs. more»