Spring has sprung! As we close the door on April, we can take stock of the .Brand domains that just blossomed. The ‘.Brands’ are Top Level Domains (TLDs), from the 2012 ICANN new gTLD application period, that represent well-known Brands/Trademarks an...d have Specification 13 amended to the Registry Agreement. Thirty-eight .Brands registered 181 domains in April 2017. While this is not a large volume for legacy TLDs, like .COM or .NET, this is quite a development since only 111 .Brand registrations were completed in Q1 2017. Provided below is a profile of the .Brand (.WEBER) that blossomed the most in April;...Read More
MarkMonitor joined our internet governance colleagues in Copenhagen, Denmark for ICANN 58 in early March. It’s a busy time for brand owners, as we discussed Subsequent Rounds of the New gTLD Program, Rights Protection Mechanisms, online abuse and Reg...istration Directory Services (Whois) and met with partners about Registry launches, brand concerns and more. It’s a big year for brand owners, with key policy issues on the table for milestone decision-making, and many factors to consider to balance brand interests with other internet governance concerns like privacy, data collection, government positions and infrastructure operations.
For the first time, MarkMonitor was proud to...Read More
2017 new gTLD operator, Rightside Registry, will be changing their existing DPML blocking option. Rightside will automatically upgrade all existing “Legacy” Rightside DPML blocks to “Enhanced” DPML. Features of the enhanced option include:
All... non-reserved premium domains will now be protected
No override fees
Only the DPML holder will be able to override the block
10 additional Variants are included (common misspellings, hyphens, trademark+term)
Currently, Rightside’s DPML block covers 40 TLDs:
As the launches of the first round of new gTLDs (ngTLD) are winding down, we are seeing an interesting shift of focus from registries. The conversation is changing from promoting the launch of ngTLDs to how their TLD is being used and ways to increas...e registrations and renewals.
Usage is going to continue to play a key role in the discussion around ngTLDs. There are many things that may contribute to the possible growth of usage over the course of the year along with an increase of registrations. These include, but are not limited to, the release of Premium Domains, removing...Read More
It’s that time of year when the domain industry reflects on 2016 and makes predictions for 2017. Last year I made a number of predictions. I knew that new gTLDs would continue to dominate discussions throughout the year. I anticipated that new gTLD u...se would increase. I knew there would be important developments in the ICANN community. Finally, I anticipated that companies would continue to face advanced security threats.
Here are the details on my top five domain highlights from 2016:
Launches, Launches and More Launches
It was a busy year for domains. Not only did new gTLDs continue to launch...Read More