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Mehrbani Quoted in Portland Business Journal Regarding Domain Name Changes

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Lane Powell attorney Parna Mehrbani was quoted in Portland Business Journal’s June 24 issue in the article “From .com to .anything.” After a recent ruling, one of the largest restrictions previously placed on domain names has been lifted, allowing businesses to drop the “.com” and replace it with nearly any word. For example, “” could instead become “” While this opens up new possibilities to business owners, Mehrbani also points out some dangers of the new domain names.

However, Parna A. Mehrbani, an intellectual property attorney with Lane Powell in Portland who specializes in Internet trademark issues, said the biggest threat could come from the use of generic words — such as .shoes or .flowers.

“It’s essentially opening up any number of new locations where anybody could file a registration for a domain that included your trademark,” Mehrbani said.

Read the full article (PDF).