A few days ago, I started to convince myself that there might be less to worry about with new gTLDs.  It was calming to consider that the largest percentage of new extensions would likely be .brands which would pose little risk to others’ intellectual property rights. What I’d forgotten is how potentially problematic some of the new generic extensions could be.  And recent news reminded me that rights’ holders will likely realize all the pain they expected and more.  Announcements from Momentus Corporation, Radix, CloudNames and TLDH have catalyzed these fears. They’ve published the extensions they have applied for, many of which... Read More
Why in the world would any company sign-up for a “New gTLD Application Monitoring Service” when ICANN intends to publicly post all applications on May 1st? Domain Name Watching and Trademark Watching Services make perfect sense when new registrations and applications are being submitted and granted on a daily basis. I think that we can all easily agree that trying to understand new domain name and trademark registrations without an automated service would be nearly impossible. And when ICANN eventually moves away from these discrete application rounds, I will be the first one to recommend an Application Watching Service. However, as... Read More
Courtesy of Brian Beckham from the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, here are a few important links with information that may be helpful for rights holders with ICANN’s New gTLD program now launched and accepting applications: • First, is a helpful FAQ that explains plainly the Legal Rights objection process. It’s important that rights owners are very familiar with this process and are ready to respond if in the unlikely but potentially problematic situation that another entity applies for a gTLD that includes their intellectual property. • Next, comes a summary explanation of the post gTLD delegation (beginning late... Read More
Wow. That’s all I can really say. Who would have ever believed that .XXX would finally be approved AND launched, total domains registrations would continue to grow at 10% year over year, ICANN would be in the process of preparing for the launch of new gTLDs in the face of harsh criticism, and that both Go Daddy and Group NBT would be acquired by private equity firms.  As we look back over the past year, here are the top 10 biggest domain stories of 2011:  #10.        To Mark Cyber-Monday, US Government Continues Practice of Domain Seizures On November 28, U.S. Immigration... Read More
In a move that reinforces their communication of support for creating a brand rights holder-friendly environment, the ICM registry, who operate the .XXX registry, have begun to take independent and unique action to thwart brand abuse. According to this post in World Trademark Review, it appears that they have created their own way to act on obviously infringing names. It seems like this is an opportunity to remove names from the ICM .XXX registry without lengthy litigation or complicated UDRP proceedings. Is this a model that could work in the new expanding domain naming environment and will rights holders be happy... 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