Domain Services Manager
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
Policy Counselor
ICANN 58 Recap
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 Registration 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
Global Relationship Manager
Another Round of Changes With Blocks
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: .games .lawyer .actor .live .airforce .market .army .moda .attorney .mortgage .auction .navy .band .news .consulting .ninja .dance .pub .degree .rehab .democrat .republican .dentist .reviews .engineer .rip .family .rocks .forsale .sale... Read More
Tags: domains, DPML
Global Relationship Manager
New gTLD Update: The Changing Conversation Surrounding New gTLDs
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 increase 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
Tags: domains
Senior Brand Client Service Manager
How to Identify, Disrupt and Dismantle Unauthorized Product Distribution Networks
Online counterfeit networks are on the rise as it becomes easier and less time-consuming for criminal organizations to hide online. Globally, many of these organizations make use of online networks to not only to distribute counterfeit products but also to hide from manufactures and distribute gray market products. The Internet enables anonymity and many online activities are unregulated. For example, there are no checks in place to ensure website operators use their legal name, address or phone number. It is relatively quick and inexpensive to register multiple websites with different registrars worldwide. It has become common for many criminal networks who practice... 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