Consumer Opinion and New TLDs: An Infographic on the ICANN Survey

Posted June 9th, 2015
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also know as ICANN, recently released results from the Global Consumer Research Study, Phase One survey that was conducted through Nielsen (see infographic below.) This survey, the first of its kind, was conducted in February and was intended to gauge consumer attitude, awareness and trust regarding new gTLDs and the overall domain name system.

“This is the first time we’ve surveyed consumers directly about domain names and Internet use, and it provides an important benchmark as the new domains roll out… as the community looks toward future rounds, the survey findings will help inform the best approach,” said President Akram Atallah of ICANN’s Global Domains Division.

Currently ICANN is working with Nielsen on another global survey, this time to measure registrants’ trust of the domain name landscape. Results should be available later this year.

An infographic on the ICANN survey

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Marksmen and Com Laude Introduce an Advanced Corporate Domain Name Management Service in North America

Posted May 1st, 2015
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MCL Domains Leverages a State-of-the-Art Technology Platform and High Touch Customer Service to Administer Large Portfolios Worldwide


SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Marksmen, a premier US investigations and acquisition services company, and Com Laude, one of Europe’s most-respected domain registrars, announce the launch of MCL Domains offering efficient, reliable corporate domain name management services for North America. MCL Domains opens for business this week at the 2015 International Trademark Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

MCL Domains combines Marksmen’s strategic and investigative acumen with Com Laude’s advanced technical platform, global registrar services, and noted focus on client service. Com Laude currently manages domain name portfolios for global leaders in consumer goods, financial services, luxury and fashion, online entertainment, health and wellness, retail, sports, and technology. MCL Domains brings customer service, sales, and administrative staff to North America from a base in the Seattle area.

“Marksmen customers in the U.S. have been asking for a new alternative in corporate domain management services for some time. We are leveraging the best-in-class processes and technology created by Com Laude to corporate customers in North America,” said Russ Pangborn, CEO of Marksmen. “Com Laude has a well-deserved reputation for reliability, innovation, and impeccable customer service.”

Nick Wood Managing Director of Com Laude said, “We have known Russ and Marksmen for many years and partnered with them on other ventures. With Marksmen’s service and marketing infrastructure in the US, we will be able to bring this offering to the North American market very rapidly”.

Lorna Gradden, Operations Director for Com Laude added, “We believe that USA corporations are looking for a straightforward approach to domain name management that is flavoured with clear strategic advice. With our ISO certifications for information security and quality management plus our unrivalled track record in Europe, we look forward to this new chapter in our history”.

In addition to Pangborn, Wood, and Gradden, the MCL Domains leadership will include Jeff Neuman, who joined Com Laude (USA) last year to expand its registrar and consultancy services in North America. Jeff was previously the business lead for Neustar Inc.’s registry services team. Ken Taylor, founder and former chairman of Marksmen, is also active in the launch of the new service.

About Com Laude

Founded on the expertise of Nick Wood and Lorna Gradden, Com Laude makes the business of domain management secure, reliable and predictable. Com Laude is a specialist domain name management company focused on domain registration, renewal and maintenance. Com Laude’s sister company Valideus specializes in new gTLD services. Com Laude employs over 50 people in the UK, Germany and Spain and has a sister company in the USA. Additional information on Com Laude is available at

About Marksmen

Marksmen was founded in 1998 and has become a recognized leader in intellectual property related investigations, domain name acquisition and sales, online brand monitoring and other IP related protection services. With offices in Southern California, Washington and North Carolina, as well as a global network of trusted investigators and agents, Marksmen is able to extend the reach of its IP protection services to virtually anywhere in the world. For more information about Marksmen, consult

To learn more about MCL Domains and its advanced approach to domain name management, contact:

T: +1 (800) 558-8838
Russ Pangborn direct

T: (818) 827-5470

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2014 Internet Stats

Posted October 22nd, 2014
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From Host Advice

Did you know that it takes 50 million horsepower to keep the internet running smoothly for the current 2.4 billion users world wide? Or that every minute almost 3 days worth of content is uploaded to YouTube? Find out more information on the current state of the web…

Check out the info-graphic and full story here

Impressive Internet Facts That Are Sure to Blow Your Mind!

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Why Accountability Matters at ICANN

Posted August 7th, 2014
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The ICANN circus rolled into London in June. Over 3,000 delegates signed up for a seven day festival of all things domain related held in the less than glamorous setting of the Hilton Metropol on the Edgware Road (known to Londoners as Little Beirut). First on the bill was the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum which focussed on “investments, partnerships and security”. Next came a High Level Government Meeting attended by ministers from 77 countries and apparatchiks from 11 IGOs. The future of internet governance was the main topic of debate. By the time the ICANN meeting started, delegates from within the domain industry, including a strong representation of brand owners including at least a dozen MARQUES members, were exhausted by talk of the impact of Edward Snowden and the digital divide and turned to matters they were more accustomed to such as the launch of the new gTLDs.

The hottest topic to emerge was ICANN’s accountability. As a result of its efforts to develop a process for the transition of the IANA stewardship from the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the global multi-stakeholder community, the spotlight has been thrown on ICANN itself. Can this not-for-profit corporation incorporated in California be entrusted to police itself if given responsibility for the IANA function of adding strings to the world root? The community lined up at the microphone in the Public Forum on the last day of the meeting to voice concerns. To the amazement of everyone, including 20 rather startled Board Members arranged in a horseshoe at the front of the packed assembly room, all seven constituencies that make up ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) which creates policy, spoke with one voice. In an unprecedented development they called unanimously for the creation of an “independent accountability mechanism that provides meaningful review and adequate redress for those harmed by ICANN action or inaction in contravention of an agreed upon compact with the community”. Although ICANN, currently, has a number of redress mechanisms these are widely seen as ineffective, non-transparent, time consuming and expensive.

Why is this important? ICANN operates through bottom-up consensus. The views of four main stakeholder groups – registry operators, registrars, non-commercial interests and commercial interests – are weighed against each other as policy is created. Generally everyone is pleased or disappointed in equal measure. However, in recent months the ICANN staff under the leadership of President and CEO Fadi Chehade has blurred the line between implementation and policy. Issues which don’t belong inside ICANN have been allowed to surface – for example whether the .wine and .vin new gTLD applications should proceed without additional safeguards for wine producers. When this topic emerged in London, we were treated to the Belgium government representative calling the Chair of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) a liar, the Spanish government demanding “a change not only of the GAC but of ICANN itself” and European Commission declaring it will “not at all hesitate to take legal actions”.

Brand owners need ICANN to rise above governmental politics. ICANN must be transparent and accountable if it is to fulfil its stewardship role for the internet. We need a stable and secure internet addressing system, where rights protection and the rule of law prevail. The next 12 months are critical. When the ICANN community gathers again in Los Angeles in October 2014 there may be more to report on the replacement directory services for whois that are being mooted or the success of the URS rapid suspension scheme but for the time being, all eyes are on governance.


 Nick Wood

Nick is Managing Director of accredited registrar Com Laude.


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New gTLD Auctions Updates – First Auction Confirmed

Posted May 9th, 2014
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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


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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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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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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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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