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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 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.