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NameJet.com Throws Its Hat Into The Ring For Landrush & Sunrise Auctions For New gTLD’s

According to a press release just out NameJet.com announced that offering Land Rush and Sunrise auction services for new gTLD registries to settle contested domain name applications.

“The unprecedented release of so many top level domains means that domain Registries will need a trusted, reliable partner to handle the various auction-related opportunities that the ICANN process will allow,” said Matt Overman, general manager of NameJet.

“As a joint venture between Web.com and Demand Media–who together own three of the top ten largest ICANN-accredited registrars–NameJet has both the foundational expertise and the customer reach necessary to ensure success in the auction arena.”

“In the Sunrise and Land Rush auction segment, NameJet will offer auction services for Registries that wish to auction the rights to their generic TLD strings in order to maximize revenue from domains that have multiple interested parties. NameJet also plans to offer both auction services and brokerage services for Registry-reserved premium domains.”

“With approximately 8,000 domain name auctions per month and a customer base of more than 100,000 bidders, NameJet can offer Registries robust email campaigns, online advertising, sponsorships and multiple partnership opportunities to an attentive and growing market. With a long history of providing secure, premium auction services, NameJet is a Registry’s best option when it comes to auction services in this new internet era.”

NameJet.com now joins Pool.com and Sedo.com as provider of Landrush & Sunrise domain name auctions for new gTLD’s Registries…

May 31, 2012   No Comments

Google Applies For 50 New gTLD’s

According to Adage.com Google has applied for 50 new gTLD’s altogether, including those reported by other media outlets.

.Google, .Youtube, .Lol and .Docs are the only 4 new gTLD’s that Google announced on its blog today, so they have 46 more they aren’t releasing information on today.

You can check out the full Adage.com story here.

 

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May 31, 2012   No Comments

Directi Invest Over $30 Million & Applies For 31 New gTLD’s: Including: .Law, .Web, .Bank, .Shop

Directi Group, today announced its is applying for 31 new gTLD’s under its new brand – Radix.

Directi has committed over $30 million on the application of 31 strings comprising several generic and mass market names.

“This is a historic moment in the evolution of the Internet,” said Bhavin Turakhia, founder and CEO of Directi Group. “We have invested a significant amount of time and resources to developing intelligent, responsible, secure and thorough proposals for what could serve as the foundation for this new era on the Internet.”

“Directi’s 31 applications for new gTLD’s are:

.web

.shop

.bank

.law

.music

.news

.blog

.movie

.baby

.store

.doctor

.hotel

.play

.home

.site

.website

.click

.online

.one

.ping

.space

.world

.press

.chat

.city

.deals

.insurance

.loans

.app

.host

.hosting

A brief description of their plans and policies for these new extensions can be found on their website: www.radixregistry.com.

Any one in the domain industry should be very familiar with Directi as they own Skenzo.com, DomainAdvertising.com and BigJumbo.com, all domain monetization companies as well as Logicboxes.com which powers over 100 domain name registrars.

“Today’s internet addresses are uncategorized and say nothing about the website. In addition, it is near impossible to find available names that are short and memorable. Our research shows that over 65% of users are unable to find a name of their choice. We welcome the opportunity to usher in an era where internet addresses distinguish a plumber from a lawyer and domain names with hyphens are a thing of the past.” said Bhavin.”

“The experienced teams at Directi and Radix have spent almost two years developing policies and procedures specific to each major category of extensions – Financial Services, Legal, Social & Healthcare, Ecommerce and Generic. The team has pioneered industry leading abuse protection policies and creative rights protection mechanisms to help safeguard trademark holders.”

“Turakhia continued, “As one of the world’s top ten registrars, we equally understand our ability to make a sizable contribution towards curbing Internet abuse and believe that mitigating potential threats is one of our foremost responsibilities. For the new TLDs, we have created policies, processes and services that go significantly above and beyond our obligations and aim to make domain names and the Internet, a safer experience for the internet community.”

“Directi runs some of the largest and most successful domain name registrars and Web hosting companies in the world. It is known for its success in building high performance Web services solutions among its various business units including ResellerClub, Media.net, LogicBoxes, BigRock, Skenzo and WebHosting.info.”

Radix FZC is a Directi Business whose mission is to become the registry operator of a variety of top level domains.…

May 31, 2012   No Comments

CloudNames Announces Application For gTLDs: .Cloud and .Global.

CloudNames.com just announced it has applied for two new gTLDs, .cloud and .global.

“In applying for these two unrestricted gTLDs we want to give businesses and individuals the chance to secure new and highly relevant domains. We believe that .cloud and .global will be valuable additions to the new top level domains structure,” says Rolf Larsen, CEO of CloudNames.”

“Both .cloud and .global have their clear advantages. A .cloud domain will allow businesses and individuals to have their own cloud on the Internet. Likewise, a .global domain will allow businesses to secure a position on an international level,” Larsen adds.CloudNames believes .global and .cloud are very good choices for new top level domains, and do expect competition on one or both strings. With financially strong shareholders and a good plan for winning any possible auction, CloudNames is confident in its ability to win these domains.

“CloudNames was founded in 2011 by Internet veterans who have been a part of the Internet and domain industry for more than 20 years.”

“The following outlines the proposed gTLDs by CloudNames:

.global

“As companies and businesses continue to grow internationally, they will need a domain name that reflects their business and vision.”

:The Internet is a borderless market place enabling companies of all sizes to secure new markets and customers for their products and services. The purpose of .global is for organizations aiming for or commanding an existing global presence.”

“Furthermore, .global is ideal for any business that was unable to secure their .com address. Also, companies that have determined that it is too costly to secure .com in the secondary market, or even domains in each country they wish to have presence in (i.e. .com.au, .co.uk) now have a new option through .global. Companies that choose .global see the value in identifying themselves as a global company through their domain name.”

“CloudNames intends to position .global as the preferred domain for companies and organisations that sell their products and services on a global basis.”

“The gTLD .global is a geographical descriptor that would complement or replace current global namespaces such as .com and .net, but also regional domains like .eu and .asia.”

“Once a company competes beyond the boundaries of a country or country- specific domain, it is a global company. Whether you compete within EU, Asia or internationally, .global offers your company a regional and global domain.”

“The global domains .biz, .net and .info have neither been descriptive enough nor attractive enough commercially to really compete with .com.”

“We believe .global is a much more compelling name that has a better description, more commercial appeal, and can be used for more than i.e.…

May 31, 2012   No Comments

PIR Operator of .Org, Applies For Four New gTLD’s IDN of .Org and For .Ngo & .Ong

PIR, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, announced today it has applied for the creation and management of four internationalized domain names (IDNs) recognized as .ORG in non-Latin-based scripts and for the new gTLD’s of .Ngo and Ong

“As part of its application to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), PIR submitted for the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that translate “organization,” “org” or “structured organization” into Devanagari, Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts.”

“The four applications- one in Devanagari, one in Cyrillic, and two in simplified Chinese- were filed as part of ICANN’s global Internet expansion initiative which will go into effect as early as 2013.”

“With each IDN launch, the Internet takes a big step toward becoming a truly global entity,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “These specific IDNs help ensure the Internet’s accessibility and availability to millions of individuals worldwide – especially those who do not speak Latin-based languages like English, French, German and Spanish, and who were previously offline or only use the Internet in a limited way.”

“Conservative estimates show that at least 20 percent of the world’s population speaks in a language derived from these scripts,” added Mr. Cute. “The Chinese IDN, for example, will make the Internet more user-friendly by enabling relevant Internet users to write a domain name or URL exactly the way it is supposed to be written in its native language – without substitution or translation.”

“In addition to applying for the four IDNs, PIR also submitted an application for the creation and management of the .NGO and .ONG domain names.”

“Since its inception in 2002, PIR has served the interests of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) online. The registry plans to expand its position as an advocate for these communities by providing an exclusive domain extension for NGOs looking for immediate recognition online and broader opportunities for public engagement, funding and partnerships.”

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May 31, 2012   No Comments

DotSUCKS (.sucks) to be a new .gTLD?

From The Domains

Momentous Corp, Owner Of Pool.com Applies For New gTLDs: .Sucks, .Design, .Style, .RIP

DotSUCKS (.sucks)

Operated by Vox Populi Registry

In a free and open internet, DotSUCKS is a new domain space intended to provide a medium for sharing opinions and encouraging debate. DotSUCKS is available and applicable for personal, organizational and community use.

“DotSUCKS may be the most ambitious application,” says Hall. “When we consider product reviews, online dialog rarely satisfies the consumer who wants to be heard or the companies who are anxious to respond. The mission of DotSUCKS is to create a new space on the web that will give voice to consumers and create the opportunity for closer contact between companies their customers.”

Under the terms of the new Generic Top Level Domain program being managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, all applications for new domain extensions had to be filed by May 30th, 2012. A full list of the names being sought after is expected to be release by the organization shortly thereafter. It is estimated that upwards of 1,900 applications for new domain name extensions have been filed.

See the full skinny HERE.

May 31, 2012   No Comments

Momentous Corp, Owner Of Pool.com Applies For New gTLDs: .Sucks, .Design, .Style, .RIP

Momentous Corp. which owns Pool.com, announced today that it has applied for 4 new gTLD’s domain name extensions.

“Some people may be surprised by the TLDs we’ve pursued,” says Rob Hall, Chairman and CEO of Momentous. “But we are confident that our applications will help to create real focus and energy for specific industries, communities and consumers online. That’s what we are after.”The four new registries for which Momentous Corp. companies have applied for are:

DotDESIGN (.design)

Operated by Design Trend Registry

The new gTLD DotDESIGN will create an online space for designers of all disciplines to communicate and collaborate. DotDESIGN is intended to be both the central hub and access point to the nature, study, development, manufacturing, sale, use and implications of a profession that has changed the way we work, live and play.

DotSTYLE (.style)

Operated by Evolving Style Registry

For consumers, entrepreneurs and institutions committed to adding style to daily life, DotSTYLE will create a new address and new tools to make it happen.

DotRIP (.rip)

Operated by Nevaeh Ventures

Our mission is to create the singular definitive venue for memorializing loved ones, places lost to time, defunct brands and out­ of­ market products. The primary focus of .rip will be on keeping memories alive. Free of any political, geographical or spiritual affiliations, DotRIP is an open top­ level­ domain with global applications.

DotSUCKS (.sucks)

Operated by Vox Populi Registry

In a free and open internet, DotSUCKS is a new domain space intended to provide a medium for sharing opinions and encouraging debate. DotSUCKS is available and applicable for personal, organizational and community use.

“DotSUCKS may be the most ambitious application,” says Hall. “When we consider product reviews, online dialog rarely satisfies the consumer who wants to be heard or the companies who are anxious to respond. The mission of DotSUCKS is to create a new space on the web that will give voice to consumers and create the opportunity for closer contact between companies their customers.”

Under the terms of the new Generic Top Level Domain program being managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, all applications for new domain extensions had to be filed by May 30th, 2012. A full list of the names being sought after is expected to be release by the organization shortly thereafter. It is estimated that upwards of 1,900 applications for new domain name extensions have been filed.

May 31, 2012   No Comments

Two Different UDRP’s, Two Different Results; With Same Complainant & Same Domain Holder: Bloomberg

Well another interesting day in UDRP world were there are two separate UDRP action both brought by Bloomberg Finance L.P. owner of Bloomberg.com, against another company named Bloomberg which is located in India.

The 1st UDRP was on the domain bloombergworldwide.com.

In that case the one man panel found that both parties had trademark claims to the term “Bloomberg” and therefore the case was outside of a UDRP and should be heard in a court.

The second one person panel came to a split decision finding that the Bloomberg India company had infringed on 14 domains and awarded them to Bloomberg Finance and not infringed by the registration of two other domains and left them with the domain holder

The domain awarded to Bloomberg Finance in the 2nd UDRP were:

bloombergltd.com.

bloombergairways.com

bloombergent.com

bloombergestate.com

bloombergglobal.com

bloomberghospital.com

bloomberghotels.com

bloomberghousing.com

bloomberginfra.com

bloomberghoms.com

bloombergsolar.com

bloomberbps.com

bloombergcements.com

bloombergog.com

 

The 2nds panel left these two domains with the domain holder:

bloomrangent.com

bloomrangmedia.com

So to narrow the question how can one panel find that the Indian company has possible trademark rights to BloombergWorldwide.com and the other panel find it has no such rights to BloombergGlobal.com?

We all know there is no consistency to UDRP but I’m not sure there has ever been two cases decided on the same day with the same complainant against the same domain holder on quite similar domains and completely different results.

Here are the relevant facts and findings from the 1st panel:

“Complainant registered the trademark and service mark BLOOMBERG (the “BLOOMBERG Mark”) with the following trademark authorities:”

i. Indian Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks (“CGPDTM”) (e.g., Reg. No. 724378B registered July 26, 1996);

ii. Czech Republic Industrial Property Office (“CRIPO”) (e.g., Reg. No. 257,639 registered September 29, 2003); and

iii. United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) (e.g., Reg. No. 2,736,744 registered July 15, 2003).

“Complainant has used its BLOOMBERG Mark in connection with its business of providing worldwide financial news, analysis and information, and related goods and services since 1987. It is headquartered in New York City, and employs more than 15,000 people in over 135 offices around the world.”

“Respondent registered bloombergworldwide.com (the “Domain Name”) on April 23, 2010.\\

The Respondent asserts that it has organized a group of companies whose names incorporate the name “Bloomberg,” and that it has filed for a trademark with the CGPDTM for the Bloomberg name with regard to its real estate services.”

“Respondent has also registered the Domain Name and a number of others which incorporate the name Bloomberg.”

“It claims that it is therefore commonly known by the name Bloomberg within the meaning of Policy ¶4(c)(ii).”

“Respondent also asserts that since 2010 it has been using the Domain Name in connection with its business operations, which are in fact a bona fide offering of goods and services within the meaning of Policy ¶4(c)(i).”

” Respondent offered no independent or documentary evidence in support of these claims. However, Exhibit F attached to the Complaint consists of screenshots of Respondent’s website resolving from the Domain Name, which clearly evidence some sort of business being carried on under the name Bloomberg.”

“”These parties are involved in a number of disputes over the right to use the name Bloomberg generally in connection with a broad range of business ventures. Their dispute over the Domain Name is only one of the trademark or trademark-related matters pending between them, and both parties assert that they have legitimate rights to use that name.”

“Such cases are not within the scope of the Policy.…

May 31, 2012   No Comments

Web.com Starts Accepting Pre-Registrations For .Web Domain Names

Web.com (WWWW) which owns Register.com and NetworkSolutions.com announced last night that they applied for the new gTLD .Web.

Web.com is taking “pre-reservations” for .Web domain names.

Here is some text from the signup page:

“The introduction of .WEB™ extensions may be the biggest thing that has happened to domain names since .COM.”

“”

  • .WEB™ registry will be provided by Web.com – an industry leader on the internet with an excellent reputation and recognizable brand
  • .WEB™ is easy to remember and communicate
  • .WEB™ will not be confused with any other domain extension””

Here’s the statement I don’t like:

“””WEB™ registry will be provided by Web.com””

Its the same issue I had a little while back with ICM Registry whose CEO stated on a Television interview that his company would be getting .sex, .porn and .adult like its a forgone conclusion.

In this case I know of other applicants for .Web, matter of fact the general consensus is that .Web may be the extension that gets the most application.

So to say that “the WEB™ registry will be provided by Web.com“, its misleading because they nor does anyone else know for sure.

They have an excellent change of getting the extension but there is no guarantee they will wind up with and to give any other impression is misleading.

Of course there is no charge for registering for a .Web address from Web.com nor once you do sign up do you know if you will even get the domain, since the domain you per-reserve might wind up on their premium list or in an auction with others who have per-registered a .Web address.…

May 31, 2012   No Comments

ICANN: What To Expect Next In The New gTLD Program

Now the new gTLD application window has closed let’s look at what happens next in the new gTLD Program according to ICANN:

“The time frames below are subject to change.”

“13 June: “Reveal Day”

“ICANN will publicly post all TLD character strings that have been applied for, and who applied for them. This event triggers several more activities in the New gTLD program:

  • Application Comment Process. Anyone interested may submit comments to be considered by the evaluation panels. The period to send application comments to evaluation panels for consideration will be open for 60 days.
  • Program Feedback. Anyone who wants to offer comments about the new gTLD Program may register it through the Program Feedback forum. Comments will be reviewed and considered as part of the New gTLD Program continuous improvement processes. Program Feedback will be open continuously until the end of the first round.
  • Objection Period. Anyone with grounds to do so may submit a formal objection to any of the new gTLD applications. For more information, review the Objection and Dispute Resolution page on the microsite. Starting from “Reveal Day,” you have approximately seven months to file a formal objection to any of the applications received.

July: Initial Evaluation Begins

“Beginning in July, various evaluation panels will conduct the string reviews and applicant reviews that make up the Initial Evaluation. String reviews focus on whether an applied-for TLD string is too similar to another TLD, whether it meets technical requirements, and whether it is a geographic name. Applicant reviews focus on the applying organization to determine if they have demonstrated the appropriate technical, operational, and financial capabilities to run a registry. The applicant’s proposed registry services also will be reviewed to determine whether they might cause DNS instability.

Concurrently with Initial Evaluation, applications for financial support through the Applicant Support Program will be reviewed by the Support Applicant Review Panel (SARP).

December/January: Results of Initial Evaluation

The initial evaluation period ends. ICANN will post the outcome of Initial Evaluation – whether applications have passed or failed evaluation. Applications that fail the initial evaluation may, in some cases, proceed to Extended Evaluation. All results will be posted to the Application Results page.

During this time period, applicants who applied for financial support through the Applicant Support Program will find out if they have been awarded the reduced evaluation fee.

December/January: Additional Program Phases

An application passing the initial valuation and faces no objections will be eligible to proceed to pre-delegation.…

May 31, 2012   No Comments