GBIS | Legal — .BIZ
Domain IP Claim Service
IP Claim Service
June 12, 2001
THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN TUCOWS, INC. ("REGISTRAR")
AND YOU, THE OWNER OF A REGISTERED OR COMMON LAW TRADEMARK OR SERVICE MARK ("OWNER")
OR THE DULY AUTHORIZED AGENT OF AN OWNER ("AGENT") (COLLECTIVELY,
SERVICE (THE "SERVICE").
BY SELECTING "I AGREE," BY USING THE SERVICE OR BY SIGNIFYING ACCEPTANCE
AND YOU MUST DISCONTINUE ANY FURTHER USE.
- THE SERVICE. Registrar provides the Service to holders of both registered
and common law trademarks or service marks (collectively "Trademarks").
During the domain name application process, applicants for a .biz domain name
("Applicants") will be notified of an Owner's alleged intellectual
property rights in a Trademark if the domain name contained in the domain
name application is an exact match of the Trademark identified in an IP Claim
(as defined below) submitted by Owner. You may review frequently asked questions
regarding the Service by reviewing our FAQs.
- REGISTRATION, PASSWORD AND SERCURITY. You must provide accurate, complete
and current registration information and must update this information promptly
if it changes.
You represent and warrant that You are at least eighteen (18) years of age
or older and are either an Owner or an Agent duly authorized to represent an
Owner(s) in connection with the Service and submitting an IP Claim on behalf
of an Owner(s). Agent will indemnify and hold harmless Registrar and its officers,
directors, employees, agents, affiliates and subcontractors for any claims brought
by Owner or Third Parties relating to the use of the Service.
- LICENSE TO USE DATE/PRIVACY. By submitting an IP Claim, You hereby grant
Registrar, as well as any of its agents or subcontractors, a limited, royalty-free,
non-exclusive worldwide license to use all of the data contained in the IP
Claim solely for the purposes of implementing the Service, processing Your
IP Claim, notifying Applicants of Your IP Claim, and for notifying You of
changes to the Service, for archival purposes.
- THE IP CLAIM PROCESS. In order to submit a claim with respect to a Trademark
or Trademarks ("IP Claim") through the Service, You must complete
an IP Claim form for each Trademark. For each IP Claim, You must submit complete
contact information, representative contact information and notification details,
and the details regarding the Trademark. You may specify in the representative
field that an Agent may receive legal correspondence regarding the IP Claim.
Once You have submitted an IP Claim, you will receive a confirmation email
and a claim number. You must retain the claim number for each IP Claim You
Registrar will accept IP Claims until July 9, 2001, or such later date as it
may determine in its sole discretion ("Close of Phase I") and no IP
Claims will be accepted after that date.
From the Close of Phase I until September 25, 2001 ("Phase 2"), or
such other later date as Registrar may choose, in its sole discretion, the domain
name applications from ICANN-approved registrars ("Applications")
will be compared with the database of IP Claims processed through the Service
("IP Claim Database"). For each exact match between an IP Claim in
the IP Claim Database and a domain name application, the Registry Operator for
.Biz ("Registry Operator") will notify the Applicant that a third
party or third parties have submitted an IP Claim for the exact Trademark. The
email notification to the Applicant will include, among other things, the information
provided by Owner in the IP Claim, instructions on how to proceed with the registration
process, and that if selected during the randomized name selection phase ("Name
Selection Phase"), the domain name will be placed on a temporary thirty
(30) day hold when the Registry goes "live." The Applicant will have
the option to proceed with the Application or cancel the Application. If the
Applicant does not respond to the email notification, or elects to cancel the
Application, the Applicant's domain name application will not be processed during
the Name Selection Phase. If the Applicant chooses to proceed with the registration
process and the name is selected during the Name Selection Phase, that domain
name automatically will be placed on a thirty (30) day "hold period"
when the name is registered.
After Name Selection, the Owner will be notified by Registry Operator if an
Applicant has successfully registered the domain name. The Owner will then have
the option of contacting the Applicant and finding a solution or using the guidelines
set forth by a special dispute resolution process called the Start-up Trademark
Opposition Policy ("STOP")(formerly referred to as the Start-up Dispute
Resolution Policy or "SUDRP") ("information available at http://www.neulevel.com/countdown/stop.html,
or the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Procedures ("UDRP")
(information is available at http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp-policy-24oct99.htm).
You will not be notified if there are no Applications that exactly match an
IP Claim You submitted in the IP Claim Database.
USE OF THE SERVICE DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT AN OWNER WILL BE AWARDED THE .BIZ
EXTENSION FOR ITS TRADEMARK. AN OWNER THAT WISHES TO OBTAIN A .BIZ EXTENSION
FOR ITS TRADEMARK MUST FILE A DOMAIN NAME APPLICATION.
DOMAIN NAME APPLICANTS WILL ONLY BE NOTIFIED OF APPLICATIONS THAT ARE EXACT
MATCHES WITH A TRADEMARK IDENTIFIED IN AN IP CLAIM FORM. REGISTRAR WILL NOT
VERIFY WHETHER A TRADEMARK CLAIMED ON AN IP CLAIM FORM CORRESPONDS WITH AN ACTUAL,
LEGAL OR VALID TRADEMARK, NOR WILL REGISTRAR PROVIDE ANY LEGAL OVERSIGHT OR
ADJUDICATION FOR ANY DISPUTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IMPLICATED BY THE SERVICE.
- CONDUCT. You may access and use the Service for lawful purposes only and
you are solely responsible for the knowledge and adherence to any and all
laws, statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to Your use of the Service.
You agree that You will not (i) use the Service to commit a criminal offence
or to encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offence or give rise
to a civil liability, or otherwise violate any local state, Federal or international
law or regulation; (ii) upload or otherwise transmit any content that You
do not have a right to transmit under any law or contractual or fiduciary
duty; (iii) interfere or infringe with any trademark or proprietary rights
of any other party; (iv) interfere with the ability of other users to access
or use the Service; (v) claim a relationship with or to speak for any individual,
business, association, institution or other organization for which You are
not authorized to claim such a relationship; (vi) interfere with or disrupt
the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any
requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to
the Service; or (vii) reproduce, duplicate, copy, use, distribute, sell, resell
or otherwise exploit for any commercial purposes any portion of the Service.
- FEES. As consideration for the Service, You agree to pay Registrar, or its
agents or subcontractors, as the case may be, an IP Claim fee for each IP
Claim submitted through the Service by credit card through its online payment
system. Such fee shall be due immediately and is non-refundable. Registrar,
or its agents or subcontractors, may take all remedies to collect fees owed.
Registrar, or its agents or subcontractors may require you to submit and pay
for each IP Claim individually or it may allow you store up a certain number
of IP Claims before submitting them for processing. Once you have stored that
number of IP Claims, you may not be able to store any additional IP Claims
and may need to submit them for processing and pay the applicable fee before
obtaining additional storage space. No refunds are permitted.
- AGENTS. You agree that, if Your agent (e.g., an attorney, employee, etc.)
submits an IP Claim on Your behalf, You are nonetheless bound as a principal
any unauthorized actions of Your agent. By acting on Your behalf, Your agent
certifies that he or she is authorized to use the Service on Your behalf,
You are responsible for any errors made by Your agent. Registrar will not
refund fees paid by You or Your agent on Your behalf for any reason, including,
but not limited to, in the event that Your agent fails to comply with these
process or if Your agent changes or otherwise modifies Your IP Claim incorrectly.
- COPYRIGHT. You acknowledge that the Service, any underlying technology used
in connection with the Service, and all software, material, information, communications,
text, graphics, links, electronic art, animations, audio, video, photos, and
other data (collectively, the "Content") available within the Service
are provided by Registrar or third-party providers and are the copyrighted
works of Registrar and/or such third parties. Except as expressly authorized
on the Service, You may not copy, reproduce, publish, distribute, modify,
create derivative works of, rent, lease, sell, transfer, display, transmit,
compile or collect in a database, or in any manner commercially exploit any
part of the Content or the Service, in whole or in part. You may not store
any significant portion of any Content or the Service owned by, or licensed
to Registrar in any form, whether archival files, computer-readable files,
or any other medium. You also may not "mirror" any Content or the
Service on any other server.
Registrar encourages you to download and print a reasonable number of copies
of an IP Claim for non-commercial, internal use only; provided that (i) any
permitted copies contain, in unmodified form, any copyright or other proprietary
rights notices and an original source attribution to the Service; and (ii) no
modifications are made except as may be expressly provided by Registrar.
- LINKS. Some links on the Service lead to sites posted by independent site
owners. Because Registrar has no control over these sites, it cannot be responsible
for such sites' accessibility via the Internet and does not endorse products,
services, or information provided by such sites. As such, Registrar shall
not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss
caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with, use or reliance on
any content, goods or services available on or through any other site. Further,
the inclusion of these links does not imply that the other sites have given
permission for inclusion of these links, or that there is any relationship
between Registrar and the linked sites.
- DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR ACCESS
TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. NEITHER REGISTRAR NOR ITS PARENTS,
SUBSIDIARIES, SHAREHOLDERS, MEMBERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES,
AGENTS OR SUBCONTRACTORS WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR
ERROR-FREE; NOR DO THEY MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED
FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR CONTENT
WITHIN THE SERVICE.
THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS, "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS
WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSES AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
IN NO EVENT WILL REGISTRAR NOR ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, SHAREHOLDERS,
MEMBERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS OR SUBCONTRACTORS
BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES),
ARISING OUT YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICE, INCLUDING
WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS, LOSS OF GOODWILL,
LOST BUSINESS, LOST DATA, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OR ANY AND ALL
OTHER DAMAGES OR LOSSES THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, INACCURATELY ENTERED
DATA, UNAUTHORIZED USE, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, DELAYS
IN OPERATION, OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT LIMITED TO ACTS
OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS
TO INSTITUTIONS RECORDS, PROGRAMS OR SERVICES. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOREGOING
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY REPRESENT A REASONABLE ALLOCATION OF RISK.
IN NO EVENT, SHALL REGISTRAR BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY AMOUNT EXCEEDING
THE AMOUNT OF FEES PAID BY YOU FOR THE APPLICABLE IP CLAIM.
- INDEMNIFICATION. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Registrar and
its parents, subsidiaries, shareholders, members, officers, directors, employees,
affiliates, agents and subcontractors from any claim or demand, including
reasonable attorney's fees made by any third party due to or arising out of
to the Service, or any disputes involving the intellectual property rights
of the Trademarks.
- MODIFICATIONS TO THE SERVICE. Registrar reserves the right at any time and
from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the
Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Registrar
will not be liable to You or to any third party for any modification, suspension,
or discontinuation of the Services.
- TERMINATION. You may discontinue Your participation in and access to the
use of the Service by You, even if You are no longer using the Service. You
acknowledge and agree that Registrar may terminate or block Your use of all
or part of the Service without prior notice for any reason, including, without
limitation, if Registrar believes You have engaged in conduct prohibited by
any reason, may delete all information related to You on the Service and may
bar Your access to and use of the Service.
accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, without regard to its
principles of conflicts of law.
of any modifications. Your continued use of the Service shall be deemed Your
be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law or be so held by applicable
court decision, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render this
Agreement unenforceable or invalid as a whole, and, in such event, such provision
shall be changed and interpreted so as to best accomplish the objectives of
such provision within the limits of applicable law or applicable court decision.
- THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARY. Registry Operator ("NeuLevel") is an
intended third party beneficiary of these Term and Conditions with rights
or Registrar in investigating instances of non-compliance with these Terms
of Use, if NeuLevel or Registrar believes in good faith that you are not in
- SUB-CONTRACTORS. In the course of providing the IP Claim Service, Registrar
may retain independent contractors or assign or subcontract to or otherwise
have any third party perform any or all of the IP Claim Service at any time,
provided that Registrar shall continue to remain responsible for full performance
of any such duties to the same extent as if it had performed the IP Claim
agreement of the parties regarding the subject matter, and supersede all prior
agreements and understandings, whether written or oral, with respect to the
- MODIFICIATIONS TO YOUR ACCOUNT. In order to change any of your account information
with Registrar, you must use the Account Identifier and Password selected
when you opened your account with Registrar. You agree to safeguard your Account
Identifier and Password from any unauthorized use. In no event shall Registrar
be liable for the unauthorized use or misuse of your Account Identifier or
- BREACH. You agree that failure to abide by an provision of this Agreement,
any operating rule or policy or the Dispute Policy provided by Registrar,
may be considered by Registrar to be a material breach and that Registrar
may provide a written notice, describing the breach, to you. If within thirty
(30) calendar days of the date of such notice, you fail to provide evidence,
which is reasonably satisfactory to Registrar, that you have not breached
your obligations under the Agreement, then Registrar may delete the registration
or reservation of your domain name. Any such breach by you shall not be deemed
to be excused simply because Registrar did not act earlier in response to
that, or any other breach by you.
- NO GUARANTEE. You acknowledge that reservation of your IP Claim name does
not confer immunity from objection to either the registration, reservation,
or use of the domain name.
- RIGHT TO REFUSAL. Registrar, in its sole discretion, reserves the right
to refuse to register or reserve your IP Claim name or register you for other
services. You agree that Registrar shall not be liable to you for loss or
damages that may result from its refusal to register, reserve or delete your
Registrar reserves the right to delete or transfer your IP Claim within a thirty
(30) day period following receipt of the application if it believes the IP Claim
has been made possible by a mistake, made either by Registrar or by a third