2014 was a big year for us and for our clients.  The new gTLD program forced us to rethink, reprioritize and implement new and different strategies to protect our brands online.  The uncertainty largely behind us, and with more information at our fingertips about just how well (or not) brands are faring in the new environment, it’s time to look forward to what we can do in 2015 to fix what’s broken, throw away what’s useless, fight for what’s important and generally continue to try and make navigating the new Internet landscape as smooth as possible for brand owners and consumers... Read More
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and that I’m now publishing my 5th Annual Domain Name Year in Review. It’s sort of fun to look back 5 years ago to see how much things have changed, especially as focus has shifted to issues related to the launch and use of new gTLDs. Of course, much has stayed the same too. Concerns related to domain name security and domain portfolio management are still important. With so much going on in this past year though, it was difficult to keep the list to just 10 items. But here... Read More
Earlier this month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its 51st public meeting in Los Angeles.  Once again, MarkMonitor joined stakeholders from across the globe to discuss issues ranging from government control over the Internet, to key lessons learned thus far from the new gTLD rollout. This coming year promises to be a big one for ICANN, and for the business and brand community as a result.  The following broad issues are teed up for development in 2015.  In addition to the large and consuming debate about Internet governance (more below), this final meeting of 2014 focused primarily on preparations... Read More
With just over 2.4 million New gTLDs registered, abuse trends are beginning to emerge. Earlier this month we conducted a review of the top 100 most highly-trafficked Web property names across the top 5 most popular new gTLD registries. It is apparent that the abuse we had expected has occurred – just not where we had anticipated. For example, .Wang leads the pack in terms of abusive registrations with 47% of the top 100 Web property names registered to third-parties. For the other top TLDs which include .XYZ, .Berlin, .Club and .Guru – abusive registrations hover around the 30% mark. It... Read More
Planning to register your trademark as a domain name during a Sunrise Period only to find out that the registration appears on a Reserved Names list? There are a number of reasons why a domain that matches your trademark is appearing on a Reserved Names list. First of all, if the domain desired is the subject of Name Collision, it may appear on a Reserved Names list. Although this is not true for all registries, as some operators are allowing domains that have been the subject of Name Collision to be allocated during Sunrise, but not delegated. Or if it matches... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More