November 2015

Kelly McCarthy comments in the Westlaw Journal Computer Internets Olympics Organizers Say Cybersquatter is Blocking Website for 2020 Games


The International Olympic Committee and its U.S. counterpart say in a complaint filed in Houston federal court that a cybersquatter “speculatively register[ed] and stockpil[ed] hundreds of domain names consisting of Olympic city-year names…”

Sideman and Bancroft attorney Kelly McCarthy believes this is a case to watch because it might result in a significant extension of the Olympic committees’ trademark rights.  The Olympic committees “could claim rights not only to those words and city-date combinations already designated for the Olympic Games but also to any city-date combination which had the chance of ever becoming a site for the games,” McCarthy said.

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