New gTLD Auctions Updates – First Auction Confirmed

Posted May 9th, 2014
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From ICANN

8 May 2014

ICANN has updated the Auction Schedule for New gTLD applicants with strings in contention sets. The schedule now lists the participants confirmed for the first Auction on 4 June 2014, and the rescheduling of some sets based on requested postponements.

When Applicants were issued Intent to Auction notifications, they were given an option to postpone the Auction under one of the following circumstances

All members of the contention set request the Auction be postponed

Or

Any applicant in a contention set requests deferment of the Auction until the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework (the Framework) has been finalized.

Postponements granted as a result of unanimous agreement among all members of the contention set have resulted in deferral of two auctions. The updated schedule postponements requested based on the Framework have only been granted for those sets previously scheduled for the first Auction: those contention sets that requested a postponement for this reason from the first Auction have been moved to the second Auction. Should the Framework not be finalized by the confirmation deadline (21 days prior to an Auction) for the second auction, additional deferrals will be issued. In the updated schedule those contention sets marked with an asterisk (*) have been granted postponements.

The two applicants confirmed for the first Auction have received their confirmations from ICANN. Applicants will receive a notification from ICANN confirming their Auction date at least 21 days prior to the Auction. As Auctions are the method of last resort, Applicants may self-resolve a contention set up to 7 days prior to the Auction.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Marksmen Names Russ Pangborn CEO

Posted May 7th, 2014
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Former Head of Trademarks at Microsoft Joins a World Leader in Brand Protection Services

GLENDALE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Marksmen, Inc., a worldwide leader in brand protection services, today named Russell Pangborn chief executive officer effective immediately.  He succeeds Ken Taylor, founder of the company who becomes a consultant to the firm.

Pangborn joins Marksmen from Microsoft where he served as Assistant General Counsel in charge of trademarks.  At Marksmen, he will guide the next stage of the firm’s growth using his intimate knowledge of the services and technology solutions trademark owners need for the protection and enforcement of their valuable intellectual property. He will continue to be a strong industry advocate as he has done in the past as Officer and Board Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) for ICANN’s new gTLD Program, an active member of the Intellectual Property Constituency in ICANN, and co-founder of the McCarthy Institute-Microsoft annual symposium on Trademark Law and Its Challenges.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Over 175 New gTLDs Have Now Been Delegated

Posted April 8th, 2014
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From ICANN

The expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (e.g. .COM, .ORG, .NET) in the Domain Name System is underway. Over 1,300 new names or “strings” could become available in the next few years.

After completing the New gTLD Program, a new gTLD becomes part of the Internet when it is delegated. This means it is introduced into the Internet’s authoritative database, known as the Root Zone.

Delegation is occurring on a rolling basis, and as information becomes available, we are publishing HERE.

 

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Internet transition to IPv6 accelerating

Posted April 1st, 2014
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From Bizcommunity.com

SINGAPORE: The transition to the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 is set to speed up this year as web addresses under the previous system IPv4 run out, a senior industry figure said at a meeting about the future of the web on Thursday.

Internet protocol is the method by which data is routed by computers on the web. It is necessary for devices to connect online. But the huge increase in Internet users and devices worldwide is putting a strain on the current system.

Paul Wilson, director general of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the region’s Internet registry, said addresses on IPv4 worldwide are either exhausted or near exhaustion.

“The challenge is encouraging businesses and organizations to adopt IPv6, because their infrastructure is built around IPv4 and the two systems are not entirely compatible,” he told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Singapore.

IPv6, which came into effect in June 2012, allows for trillions of “IP” numbers or addresses, while IPv4 has room for only 4.3 billion, which is not enough as the Internet continues to grow exponentially.

For the full skinny go HERE.

 

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The .SUCKS New gTLD Stick-Up of Trademark Owners Already Begun

Posted March 13th, 2014
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From Today’s General Counsel

The worst fears of those who opposed the massive expansion of available generic top level domain (gTLD) names seem to be summed up in the controversy brewing around one domain name, which hasn’t even been awarded yet: .sucks. Though three companies are currently in competition for the .sucks domain – Donuts Inc., Momentous Corporation, and Top Level Spectrum Inc. – Vox Populi Registry, backed by Momentous, has already begun collecting fees from trademark owners who would rather not see their brand name come before the derogatory domain name. If they win the domain, Vox Populi has already stated they plan to charge companies $25,000 annually to keep the .sucks site off-line.

See the full story HERE.

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New gTLDs Pass 200,000 Registrations

Posted March 6th, 2014
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From DOMAIN INCITE

The number of domain names in new gTLDs passed 200,000 last night, according to zone files.

The exact number, according to the DI PRO database, is 201,184.

It’s based on incremental organic growth over the last week since the last batch of new gTLDs went into general availability, rather than any big launch events or surges.

Here are the top 10 zones, all of which belong to Donuts.

.guru 41,161
.photography 25,308
.today 12,157
.tips 11,444
.technology 9,066
.clothing 8,270
.bike 8,232
.directory 8,194
.land 7,569
.gallery 7,383

What the 200,000 count does not reflect is the first day of general availability for Google’s first-to-launch gTLD, .みんな (Japanese for “everyone”), which I’m expecting to start showing numbers tomorrow.

See the full story HERE.

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Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof

Posted March 5th, 2014
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From MIT Technology Review

Decentralized networks are naturally robust against certain types of attack. Now one mathematician says advanced geometry shows how to make them even more robust.

One of the common myths about the internet is that it was originally designed during the Cold War to survive nuclear attack. Historians of the internet are quick to point out that this was not at all one of the design goals of the early network, although the decentralized nature of the system turns out to make it much more robust than any kind of centralized network.

See the rest of the story HERE.

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Cybersquatters Rush To Claim Brands In The New GTLD Territories

Posted March 4th, 2014
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From FORBES

On Jan. 29, Donuts Inc. launched the first seven of what will be some 1,000 new generic top-level domains or GTLDs, rivals to the familiar .com, .com and .edu endings that now populate most of the known Internet.

Six days later, at 2:04 a.m., Venura de Zoysa of Kingston in New South Wales, Australia, used GoDaddy.com to register the domain name Adidas .clothing. The following day Erwin Strobel of nearby Wagga Wagga registered Burberry.clothing. The next day in Texas, a fellow named Farris Nawas, claiming to live in Austin, registered Carters.clothing at 5:07 a.m. A few hours later Farris Nawas, now in Houston, registered Tommyhilfiger.clothing. And about the same time another person with the same name and address as a wallpaper hanger  in the Houston suburb of Pasadena registered Aeropostale.clothing.

What do these nobodies scattered around the globe have to do with the famous brand names they registered? Not much, probably.

See the full story HERE.

 

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82 New gTLDs and Counting

Posted January 9th, 2014
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A complete list of the 82 New gTLDs now delegated as of Jan. 2, 2014 from our friends at Com Laude.   newgtlds.comlaude.com

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The List of Current New gTLDs Open for Sunrise Registrations

Posted December 18th, 2013
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From ICANN

TLD Start/End Date Sunrise Sunrise Open Sunrise Close Ltd. Reg. Periods TM Claims Open TM Claims Close
xn--ngbc5azd (شبكة) End Date Sunrise 31 October 2013 29 December 2013 N/A 30 December 2013 30 March 2014
.singles End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.holdings End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.guru End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.clothing End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.ventures End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.bike End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.plumbing End Date Sunrise 26 November 2013 24 January 2014 N/A 27 January 2014 28 April 2014
.camera End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.equipment End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.estate End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.gallery End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.graphics End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.lighting End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.photography End Date Sunrise 03 December 2013 31 January 2014 N/A 03 February 2014 05 May 2014
.land End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.today End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.technology End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.kitchen End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.directory End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.contractors End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.construction End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.diamonds End Date Sunrise 17 December 2013 14 February 2014 N/A 17 February 2014 19 May 2014
.voyage End Date Sunrise 17 December 2013 14 February 2014 N/A 17 February 2014 19 May 2014
.tips End Date Sunrise 17 December 2013 14 February 2014 N/A 17 February 2014 19 May 2014
.enterprises End Date Sunrise 17 December 2013 14 February 2014 N/A 17 February 2014 19 May 2014
.uno End Date Sunrise 09 December 2013 06 February 2014 12 Feb-13 Mar 2014 19 March 2014 16 June 2014
xn--q9jyb4c End Date Sunrise 09 December 2013 14 February 2014 15 Jan-14 Feb 2014 21 February 2014 Perpetual
.menu End Date Sunrise 09 December 2013 06 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 16 May 2014
.sexy End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014
.tattoo End Date Sunrise 10 December 2013 07 February 2014 N/A 10 February 2014 12 May 2014

Our partner, Com Laude is an ICANN Approved Registrar and TMCH Agent. They can assist with New gTLD registrations (the right side of the dot), Sunrise Registration and the TMCH. Tell them we sent you.

And as always, Marksmen is standing by  to assist with issues at the second level (the left side of the dot), either by investigating registrants who have registered your trademark outside of protections you may set up or negotiating to recover them.

We can also negotiate to buy other domain names for which you may not have trademark registrations. Of course, investigations are always done discreetly and all negotiations are executed without disclosing who you are to get you fair market value.

 

 

 

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