Trademarking, and the quiet revolution in domain names
Imagine being told you can no longer use the name your business has been trading under for years. Someone else has protected the rights, and you have no recourse. Trademarking is a topic which many businesses – especially small and medium-sized companies – tend to ignore until it’s too late. Patenting, trademarking, knowing what you can and can’t do, dealing with exploitative behavior and patent trolls. At the eco Congress in November in Cologne, eco member Rolf Claessen – chemist, nano-scientist, and patent attorney – will be telling us all about the potential and the pitfalls lurking in Intellectual Property law. Listen to Rolf giving a sneak preview of a few of the goodies awaiting visitors to the eco Congress, and providing timely advice on protecting your company’s interests.
Also in this podcast, the quiet revolution in Internet addressing is beginning to make its mark. Thomas Rickert, Leader of the Names and Numbers Competence Group in the eco Association, explains why the new generic Top-Level Domains, like .london or .horse will change the face of the Internet, and what the potential is for companies.
Added to this, eco member Alexander Hauser, from e3 Computing, talks about their energy efficient data center Solutions.
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eco’s Monika Grass presented the eco White Paper on Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) in Warsaw on 15 October at Broadgroup’s Datacloud Central and Eastern Europe conference. The White Paper, DCIM ≠ DCIM, is an independent market overview involving 20 DCIM solutions, plus interviews with customers about tendering and implementation and interviews with providers. The project was supported by the University of Regensburg. The paper has been well-received in its first edition, published in May this year, and Ms. Grass noted that many more companies want to be involved in the second edition, which will be published in 2015. Continue reading
Although the European Commission has made clear that roaming fees inside the European Union should be abolished, eliminating them could be delayed. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union recently presented a draft for a directive that does not contain a roaming fee termination date, according to Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The directive contains guidelines concerning net neutrality.
How to treat the personal data of individuals who own domains was a discussion topic at the ICANN 51 conference in Los Angeles. The central questions were, what kind of data needs to be gathered and who has access to it? ICANN has come under pressure to meet demands from governments and law enforcement agencies.
The European Commission and Europe’s data industry have committed to investing 2.5 billion Euros in a public-private partnership aimed toward strengthening the big data industry. An industry consortium will contribute 2 billion Euros, while the public will provide the remaining 500 million. Among the companies in the consortium are Atos, IBM, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Orange, SAP and Siemens, plus several research bodies.