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The Blossoming of a .Brand and Other April 2017 .Brand Registration Observations
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 and 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
When we originally heard about Vox Populi's plans to offer .SUCKS sunrise registrations for $25,000, we were outraged. We understand better than anyone that registries can charge whatever they want, and that registrars must mark up those fees to recover their costs for integration, registration, and ongoing management. All that said, their original pricing seemed extortionate to brand owners. I was extremely hopeful when I heard that their plan to charge $25,000 had been changed, and that a new pricing structure would be introduced. Honestly, I was expecting to see sunrise fees on the order of $100 to $200 dollars. And... Read More
MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends  at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 52nd public meeting in Singapore.  As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet. Here are some of the main issues for brand owners:  Sorting out the long-awaited transition from U.S. Government oversight to a truly multi-stakeholder model of governance; ensuring Registrant data (Whois) accuracy, accessibility and privacy (where appropriate); launching reviews of the new gTLD program; and protecting/preserving the robust... 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

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