At his first meeting as CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehade showed up ready to work AND to listen. ICANN’s new CEO described his objectives for the organization which included 1) affirmation of purpose, 2) operational excellence, 3) internationalization, and 4) evolution of the multi-stakeholder model on which ICANN is built. He also described significant organizational changes to ICANN leadership and staff to support public engagement, technical functions, registry and registrar services, contractual compliance, communications, and stakeholder and governance support. Generally speaking, attendees at the ICANN meeting were encouraged by what they heard from the new CEO. In addition to the excitement... Read More
With new gTLD registries slated to launch starting late next year, there appears to be an increased sense of urgency surrounding the need for improved rights protection mechanisms at the second-level. Perhaps this is due to the larger than expected number of applications submitted, or the mere fact that new gTLDs will soon become a reality? Whatever the outcome will be from this new interest and action, there are now three new proposals for improving protections at the second-level which all propose changes that could help brands defend themselves in the new namespace. We support the dialogue wholeheartedly. ICANN's Business Constituency Position... Read More
MarkMonitor recently completed a survey of our corporate client base in an effort to uncover important domain name trends relating to defensive domain name registrations, New gTLDs, and Whois accuracy. Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that over 90% of corporate portfolios currently consist of defensive registrations. The survey also revealed that New gTLDs are of significant concern to large corporations. Fifty-five percent of the respondents stated that New gTLDs will create opportunities for brand harm or confusion. And just over half stated that their online policing efforts will need to increase. Interestingly enough, about 75% of the respondents do not expect... Read More
When the ICM Registry initially launched .XXX last year, the notion of a ‘registration block’ was a fairly novel idea. Essentially, the ICM Registry allowed companies who were not part of the “global adult entertainment industry”, to seek permanent removal of names matching their trademarks from the general pool of names available for registration for a low-cost fee. Many saw this move by the ICM Registry as a genuine attempt to protect the rights of brand owners, while others saw it as yet another mechanism for generating revenue from rights owners under the guise of a   “Sunrise Period.” While most brand... Read More
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

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