Camuti ’13 Prepares Fashion Industry for New Generic Top Level Domain Name Expansion

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Nicole Camuti ’13 evaluated hundreds of applications for the new generic top level domain name expansion this summer as part of her internship with Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, an intellectual property firm in New York City. Her work put her on the forefront of preparing for the expansion, which is scheduled to go live in 2013 and will exponentially increase the number of registry systems available worldwide.

“We’re shifting from roughly two dozen top level domain names to hundreds,” explained Camuti. “For example, for companies such as Chanel, they now have to worry about protecting their trademark across previously unavailable domains like .fashion or .shoes. From a litigation perspective, we’re moving from thousands of different cases each year to the question of ‘How do we even monitor this new system?’”

Camuti’s work this summer included analyzing how the expansion would affect the fashion industry, as well as examining each applicants’ intended security system and trademark protections, contributing to a presentation by firm partner Michelle Mancino Marsh to more than 250 people at the Women’s Wear Daily Fall Digital Forum in September.

“Michelle has had a remarkable impact on trademark law, and she is often cited for contributing to expanding trademark protections such as the first ever registration for a taste trademark related to pharmaceuticals” said Camuti. “It was an honor working with her. The experience and knowledge I gained is invaluable.”

A native of Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, Camuti attended the New York Institute of Technology, graduating with magna cum laude honors in electrical and computer engineering technology and business before attending Albany Law School.

“My undergraduate education not only covered the field commonly referred to as hard engineering, but also computer programming and emerging technologies. I have a fundamental understanding of technology that will help me in the IP field,” said Camuti, noting that the trademark class with Professor Sheldon Halpern helped reinforce that she is on the right track.

Camuti spent the summer between her first and second year of law school as a summer associate at Sony Corporation of Americas New York City headquarters in its Corporate Counsel's office. She is also co-executive editor of the International Law Studies blog and a research assistant for Professor Alexandra Harrington.

“Nicole is a truly extraordinary student, who has the ability to work successfully in a variety of legal fields from intellectual property to human rights,” said Professor Harrington. “There is no doubt that her work with trademark issues in the expanding international field of online domain names will revolutionize the ways in which these issues are understood and handled now and in the future.

“Her work is very much at the forefront of law and demonstrates the great potential our students have to impact the law,” said Professor Harrington.

Professor Harrington and Camuti will present a paper, "The Future Implications of Recent Free Trade Agreements and Intellectual Property Rights," at the Conference on International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law at Arizona State University on Dec. 1, 2012. The conference, sponsored by the American Society of International Law's Intellectual Property Law Interest Group and the International Law Association (American Branch), will focus on cross-border elements of international intellectual property law.