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We Beat Back Sony’s Attempt to Register A Trademark On A Domain We Own; Move.me

We just took on one of the biggest company’s in the world and won.

We acquired the domain name Move.me, in a auction by the .me registry on Sedo.com in November 2010.

Sony launched it product fits called Move.me, for its PlayStation 3 in January 2011

Sony filed for a trademark on term Move.me in February 2011.

We hired Erika L. Hengst, Esq, the wife of domain developer Sean Sullivan, to object to the trademark.

Now several months after filing our objection, Sony this week, dropped their application to trademark the term Move.me

If you go to the UPTO today it shows the trademark as abandoned.

Obviously in the time following our objection and Sony’s abandonment Sony reached out to us to chat about acquiring the domain.

Pointing to the sale of Meet.me, we told them we would only consider offers in the six figures for the domain name.

They passed.

They expressed they might be interested in acquiring the domain but for no where near six figures.

To recap, Sony launches a product without having a TM, then files the TM then upon objection walks away.

We can now either build out the domain, or sell it without the threat of Sony hanging over our heads to take our domain away based on their made up TM.

How did Sony get in this position?

I think Sony, which has other trademarks for two words with a period between them, like “make.believe”, didn’t realize that move.me was an actual domain name, a thing that someone else had the rights in.

They just put two words together gain with a period but this time they matched an existing domain name.

We stood up for our rights.

Our thanks go out to Erika who did an outstanding job.

We covered another big win by Erika in a UDRP defense of the domain name ChannelGuide.com, a few months ago.

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March 31, 2012   No Comments

Update on New gTLD Batching

March 30, 2012   No Comments

Update on New gTLD Batching

March 30, 2012   No Comments

Update on New gTLD Batching

March 30, 2012   No Comments

Facebook Closes It Pre-IPO market at $44.10 A Share or $110 Billion Valuation

This week Facebook told the secondary market traders that they need to stop trading securities in Facebook.com in the run up to its May IPO

Today Sharespost.com just closed it last offering of Facebook shares and the selling price was $44.10 a share

At $44 a share the market cap of Facebook is around $110 Billion dollars which is I think more than the market cap expected by Facebook itself who was looking to sell shares giving it a $100 Billion valuation when it’s IPO hits in May.

We started following Facebook’s trading on Secondmarket.com back in January 2010 when shares were trading in the high 20′s but the stock split 5:1 in October 2010

So if you followed TheDomains.com for a while you could have bought shares of Facebook back in January 2010, for around $28 a share and sold them today for $44 and still had 4x the numbers of shares for free!!

After the final auction today, Sharespost.com, announced they were laying off 10% of their workforce because they couldn’t sell shares in Facebook anymore.

 

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March 30, 2012   No Comments

If Only 20% Of The US Population Has Even Heard Of SEO Why Are We Surprised About There Lack Of Knowledge Of Domains?

According to Matt Cutts of Google only 20% of the US population has ever “heard” of the term SEO.

The question wasn’t whether people understand the term SEO, its significance; its importance in the internet community.

The question was just whether they have heard of it, and the answer of 20% is pretty shocking:

“”In my world, everyone I talk to has heard of search engine optimization (SEO).”

“But I’ve always wondered: do regular people in the U.S. know what SEO is? ”

“With Google’s new Consumer Surveys product, I can actually find out. I asked 1,576 people “Have you heard of ‘search engine optimization’?”

“It turns out only 1 in 5 people (20.4%) in the U.S. have heard of SEO! ”

“The survey also turned up an interesting gender difference: almost 25% of men have heard of SEO, but only about 16% of women have.”

So if only 20% of the US population have heard of SEO, how can we expect them to have heard and understand the value of domain names by in large?

 

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March 30, 2012   No Comments

UPDATED: Quick Poll: How Many New gTLD Applications Will Be Submitted? 44,100 is Possible

Now that ICANN updated the number of paid users to the TAS system to 839, with several days remaining its probably fair to say there will be at least 900 users by the time final figures are remaining.

We know that each user can submit 49 applications, making it possible if the final number of users is 900, there could be 44,100 applications if each registered user put in the max number of applications.

However we know that’s not going to happen.

So we have now updated the poll that we have been running by removing all choices 750 apps or under, as those are clearly wrong.

Sorry to the 16 people that choice 750 or under.

We also added some choices at the higher end all the way up to 5K apps.

 

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March 30, 2012   No Comments

New gTLD Registration Closed

From ICANN News

29 March TAS Registration Deadline

The window has closed for anyone planning to apply for a new gTLD to register and submit a TLD application request. As of 25 March there were 839 registered users in the TLD Application System. This number will be updated.

Why can’t registrations be submitted after 29 March, when applications are being accepted until 12 April? Registration in TAS is the step in the process that occurs before you apply for a TLD. As stated in the Applicant Guidebook and subsequent announcements, the 29 March deadline was put in place to ensure applicants have sufficient time before the deadline of 23:59 UTC on 12 April 2012 to submit an application, which includes the following steps (as of 29 March steps 1-2 had to be completed for all qualified applicants):

Steps

  1. Applicant completes TAS user account information (user profile and applicant profile)
  2. Applicant completes a TLD application request
  3. ICANN conducts the Legal Compliance check (see Applicant Guidebook section 1.2.1 – Eligibility)
  4. Applicant submits USD 5000 registration fee
  5. ICANN confirms receipt of the USD 5000 registration fee
  6. Applicant completes and submits the full application and remaining evaluation fee amount of USD 180000
  7. ICANN confirms receipt of the USD 180000 registration fee

Once ICANN completes Step 3 we strongly encourage applicants to promptly complete Step 4 for all open application requests. Since no one can predict how long it may take for ICANN to receive wire transfers from your bank, you might experience delays in obtaining access to the areas within TAS necessary to complete your TLD application(s). Bank delays and the up to 5 business days it might take ICANN to reconcile your fee will impact how much time remains for you to complete and submit your final application, submit your final USD 180000 evaluation fee, and for ICANN to confirm receipt of that fee. Both the completed application and final fee must be received by ICANN no later than 23:59 UTC on 12 April 2012.

Changes to Your Accounts or Applications

29 March was also the last day during the registration and application submission period to request any changes to your applicant profile. If you have a change to your profile (for instance, a new point of contact, or an updated address) it will not be processed until the end of the Administrative Completeness Check. The Administrative Completeness Check begins when the application window closes and lasts for approximately 8 weeks. At the end of Administrative Completeness Check (the beginning of the Initial Evaluation period) change requests will once again be processed.

See the fully skinny HERE.

March 30, 2012   No Comments

New gTLD Registration Closed

From ICANN News

29 March TAS Registration Deadline

The window has closed for anyone planning to apply for a new gTLD to register and submit a TLD application request. As of 25 March there were 839 registered users in the TLD Application System. This number will be updated.

Why can’t registrations be submitted after 29 March, when applications are being accepted until 12 April? Registration in TAS is the step in the process that occurs before you apply for a TLD. As stated in the Applicant Guidebook and subsequent announcements, the 29 March deadline was put in place to ensure applicants have sufficient time before the deadline of 23:59 UTC on 12 April 2012 to submit an application, which includes the following steps (as of 29 March steps 1-2 had to be completed for all qualified applicants):

Steps

  1. Applicant completes TAS user account information (user profile and applicant profile)
  2. Applicant completes a TLD application request
  3. ICANN conducts the Legal Compliance check (see Applicant Guidebook section 1.2.1 – Eligibility)
  4. Applicant submits USD 5000 registration fee
  5. ICANN confirms receipt of the USD 5000 registration fee
  6. Applicant completes and submits the full application and remaining evaluation fee amount of USD 180000
  7. ICANN confirms receipt of the USD 180000 registration fee

Once ICANN completes Step 3 we strongly encourage applicants to promptly complete Step 4 for all open application requests. Since no one can predict how long it may take for ICANN to receive wire transfers from your bank, you might experience delays in obtaining access to the areas within TAS necessary to complete your TLD application(s). Bank delays and the up to 5 business days it might take ICANN to reconcile your fee will impact how much time remains for you to complete and submit your final application, submit your final USD 180000 evaluation fee, and for ICANN to confirm receipt of that fee. Both the completed application and final fee must be received by ICANN no later than 23:59 UTC on 12 April 2012.

Changes to Your Accounts or Applications

29 March was also the last day during the registration and application submission period to request any changes to your applicant profile. If you have a change to your profile (for instance, a new point of contact, or an updated address) it will not be processed until the end of the Administrative Completeness Check. The Administrative Completeness Check begins when the application window closes and lasts for approximately 8 weeks. At the end of Administrative Completeness Check (the beginning of the Initial Evaluation period) change requests will once again be processed.

See the fully skinny HERE.

March 30, 2012   No Comments

WIPO Domain Name Decision DTV2012-0002 for totalmed.tv

WIPO Domain Name Decision for totalmed.tv

March 30, 2012   No Comments