[ga-udrp] Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 17:50:16 -0500
Well, since you invited me to join this group, Patrick, and after reading the email(s)that were attached...I suspect that you want me to convey what I have instigated. Ok, here goes in a nutshell, since we are to be prohibited from registering US Federal trademarks and/or servicemarks on TLD's, I surmised there were other approaches. Multiple states and foreign countries issue trademarks and often for things the US Trademark office will not. But, courts have upheld the states rights to do this. So, folks, we have a test case we are preparing. Someone is registering a TLD trademark here in Illinois, and probably in Virginia also. We are looking for a foreign country that has a "cheap" trademark fee. Illinois is $10.00, and Virginia is $30.00 just so you understand what I mean by cheap. We spent the weekend looking at Australia, most of South America, Great Britain etc. Some are surprisingly large fees. If we can find a country that will help, we think we have this one in the bag. The best possible help is from an European country that is a member of the European Union. And that link will become increasingly clear. I'm sorry that I can't tell you the whole story, but does anybody know of a country that fits our bill?
John M. Nortridge, President The JOMINO Group