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

Posted June 9th, 2015

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


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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Over 175 New gTLDs Have Now Been Delegated

Posted April 8th, 2014


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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Trademark Protection in the Wild, Wild World of the Brand New Internet

Posted December 16th, 2013

Blocking and Tackling

If you didn’t already know, registrations for the New generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) aren’t coming – they’re here.  Right now. As of today, 218 Registry Agreements have been signed with ICANN.

The ongoing list can be viewed HERE.

As with the gTLDs we’ve come to know (.com, .net, .org) there are Registries (the contracted parties that manage TLDs through authority delegated by ICANN) and Registrars (entities interfacing with you and others to register or maintain registrations of domains in a gTLD).

Oh, and some Registries operate their own Registrars. Got it? Good. Moving on.


Sunrise Registrations

As of tomorrow 31 of these New gTLDs will be open for Sunrise Registrations (with approximately 1370 more coming). Go HERE for the ongoing list.

As you might recall from previous gTLD launches, Sunrise Registrations allow you (trademark rights owner) a minimum 30-day head start to register your domain name in a New gTLD before registrations are available to the general public.

The caveat this round is that the term for which you’re applying (your trademark) needs to be in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a rights protection mechanism mandated for the New gTLD launches, before you can register in the Sunrise. Haven’t done that yet? Here’s how:


Using the TMCH

The TMCH vets IP rights info and supports trademark Sunrise Registrations (required of all New gTLDs.) So once your trademark has been authenticated by the TMCH, it’s qualified to register in EVERY New gTLD Sunrise. Registration options are available for periods of 1 to 10 years.


Trademark Claims Service

Another benefit of placing your trademark in the TMCH includes the Trademark Claims service that follows the Sunrise. It is a notification service (also mandated by ICANN for all New gTLDs) to warn both domain name registrants as well as trademark holders of possible infringements.

The service theoretically works thusly:

  1. A potential domain name registrant should get a warning notice when trying to register a domain name that matches your trademark term in the TMCH.
  2. If the domain name registrant continues to register the domain name, you should receive a notification of the registration & can then take any appropriate action.

Be aware that the TMCH doesn’t prevent someone from registering your trademark as a domain name, but if your trademark is in the TMCH, it puts everyone on notice and hopefully deters registration.

The SLD Name Collision Wrinkle

SLD is the acronym for Second Level Domains or where your trademark lives now: (the left of the dot).

Last month ICANN announced publication of something called the Alternate Path to Delegation Reports and lists of SLDs to block (almost 10 million) for all eligible proposed New gTLDs.

Translation? If a Registry wants to go forward it has to mitigate occurrence of name collision and Second Level Domain Blocking is the mandated process. There are loads of private domains out there and the SLD Block is to keep you from landing someplace different than you intended.

This blocking also has an impact on any domain pre-registration that might be offered by registrars for the New gTLDs.


Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game

There are over 1800 applicants for the New gTLDs. Here’s some skinny on 3 of the major players and the nuances they are adding to registrations and protections for Trademark owners.


Donuts Inc. has applied for the most names (over 300 registries) for the New gTLDs and has announced some serious acronymic whip-out: DPML. This of course stands for Domains Protected Marks List and is a domain registration blocking option for trademark owners.

If you don’t want to register a domain name in any of the New gTLD registries Donuts owns (which may ultimately be 200 or more) and you don’t want anyone else to either, you can pay just shy of $3K to block the name and not deal with Sunrise Registrations and Trademark Claims Services.

Unfortunately, DPML is not a retroactive choice. By tomorrow, Donuts will have 25 New gTLD registries open for Sunrise Registrations and the earlier you pull the trigger, the better.

The DPML Fact Sheet (and other strategic insight) is available from our partners at Com Laude HERE.


Minds + Machines, the registry operator which is set to run more than twenty new gTLDs (including: .beer, .luxe, .surf, .vodka, .work and .london) has set up what they’re calling a Priority Reservation Program.

Domains are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with successful Priority Reservations resulting in an automatic registration once the gTLD goes live and domains are available for General Availability.

New gTLDs that can already be reserved under the Priority Reservation Program are: .best, .case, .ceo, .cooking and .horse.

The catch here is that this program will not allow you to register the domain you reserved if the domain is already registered or blocked by a trademark owner with an exact match during the Sunrise period, or if the domain is blocked or reserved by either the registry or by ICANN.

There is a reservation fee and once a domain has been reserved, it will become unavailable for registration by anyone else, through any registrar.

The Priority Reservation period for such participating TLDs will end one week before their corresponding Sunrise period.


Uniregistry, which has applied for a number of new gTLDs, including .guitars, .christmas and .blackfriday, has recently launched its .sexy TLD (cue wolf whistle).

Uniregistry offers a 60-day Sunrise, during which domains may be reserved or registered on the basis of trademarks (and certain typos of these trademarks) registered with the TMCH.

Uniregistry will also offer the possibility to block trademarks in each TLD on a cost-recovery basis, with a “once and for all” combined multi-TLD Sunrise Registration application process. Basically, a single Sunrise application can be designated to cover all future TLDs which are managed by Uniregistry.


What to Do?

Right Now

It’s probably a good time to decide whether or not you’re going to take advantage of the TMCH. If yes, you’ll need to determine the Sunrise Registrations in which you’d like to participate. You can sidestep some of this process by researching the major players in the space (or have US do that for you) to see what short cuts and cost saving measures are available for the new names under their control.

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.

Down the Road

Marksmen is standing by as always 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.  You can reach us HERE.

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First New gTLDs Get the Green Light for Delegation

Posted October 21st, 2013

From ICANN Blog

Today, the first four domains from ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domains Program were cleared to proceed to delegation. This marks the start of a measured roll out of new gTLDs, which are designed to expand opportunities for businesses, communities and Internet users around the world.

These first new gTLDs, or strings, are:

  • شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – the Arabic word for “Web” or “Network”
    Registry : International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
  • онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Russian for “Online”
    Registry: Core Association
  • сайт (xn--80aswg) – Russian for “Web site”
    Registry: Core Association
  • 游戏 (xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “Game”
    Registry: Spring Fields, LLC

Get the full skinny HERE.

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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited

Posted August 30th, 2013


30 August 2013

At its meeting on 13 August 2013, the ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) adopted a resolution affirming that “dotless domain names” are prohibited. Dotless domain names are those that consist of a single label (e.g., http://example, or mail@example). Dotless names would require the inclusion of, for example, an A, AAAA, or MX, record in the apex of a TLD zone in the DNS (i.e., the record relates to the TLD-string itself).

In addition to public comments on dotless domain names, the NGPC considered the security and stability risks associated with dotless domain names highlighted in the following papers:

  • On 23 February 2012, the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) published SAC 053: SSAC Report on Dotless Domains [PDF, 183 KB]. In this report, the SSAC stated that dotless domains would not be universally reachable and recommended strongly against their use. As a result, the SSAC recommended that the use of DNS resource records such as A, AAAA, and MX in the apex of a Top-Level Domain (TLD) should be contractually prohibited where appropriate, and strongly discouraged in all cases.
  • On 10 July 2013 the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) released a statement on dotless domain names, recommending against the use of dotless domain names for TLDs.
  • On 29 July 2013 Carve Systems delivered a report on dotless domain names, which was commissioned by ICANN. Consistent with the SSAC report, Carve’s report on dotless domain names [PDF, 1.02 MB] identifies security and stability issues.

When adopting its resolution, the NGPC considered the security and stability risks identified in these papers, as well as the impracticality of mitigating these risks. Based on the NGPC resolution, ICANN does not plan to pursue any additional studies on the subject.

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Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services Members Selected

Posted February 15th, 2013


The Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG) is the first step in fulfilling the ICANN Board’s directive to help redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data. This project is designed to provide a foundation for the creation of a new global policy for gTLD directory services, and requisite contract negotiations, as appropriate.

See the full skinny HERE including profiles of selected members.

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A Sexier ICANN New gTLD Info Page

Posted February 14th, 2013


Applied-for names, application status, objection procedures, trending topics, the new timeline, Webinars: all the info available right now on the juggernaut that is the launch of the New gTLDS making it’s way though the birth canal of hope, process and concern is right HERE in a pleasing and dynamic presentation.


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New gTLD Update for Applicants

Posted August 21st, 2012


20 August 2012

This week we have updates on several aspects of the new gTLD program that you should be aware of, and here they are:

Metering/Batching Comments

We asked applicants and the broader ICANN community for ideas on how best to meter applications into the delegation process for entering approved new gTLDs into the root of the Internet. That comment period ended on 20 August. We will spend the next six weeks reviewing these contributions and, with the community, developing possible solutions. For more detailed information, check out the recently posted Roadmap for Processing New gTLD Applications.

Clarification Questions Pilot

As we mentioned in the recent Applicant Webinar, the Clarification Questions Pilot is about to begin. This is intended to ensure consistency and effectiveness in the follow-up questions from evaluators to applicants. We have selected 50 applications to participate in the pilot, and we will be notifying those applicants soon. Participation is not required – it is completely optional.

Application Withdrawals

To date, six applications have been withdrawn from the new gTLD program. The withdrawals are being processed and once the applicants have received their refunds, we will provide an update.

New gTLD Milestone Timeline

We have posted a new timeline that displays upcoming milestones in the new gTLD program. It will be updated regularly and you can find it on the microsite homepage. We hope you find it useful.

Next Applicant Webinar

We are planning another applicant webinar in early September. Check the microsite often for the specific date and time. If you would like a particular topic to be discussed during the webinar, send an email to and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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ICANN Seeks Input on gTLD Batching

Posted July 29th, 2012


Opportunity for Community Input: Processing of New gTLD Applications

At the Prague ICANN meeting, the new gTLD Program Committee decided to terminate Digital Archery, and instructed ICANN staff to proceed with the initial evaluation of applications as quickly as possible. This evaluation is in progress based on a tentative project plan that foresees the processing of applications in a single batch, and simultaneous release of results. ICANN believes this approach is consistent with the constraints that various parts of the community have in performing their respective roles in the evaluation process, and with the feedback received from the community at the Prague meeting.

This comment opportunity seeks input on requirements for an evaluation and delegation process consistent with previous root zone scaling discussions of smooth delegations, adding no more than 1,000 new gTLDs per year. This outcome can be achieved by the:

  1. timing of the release of evaluation results to applicants,
  2. timing of the release of applications into the pre-delegation steps of contract execution and pre-delegation testing,
  3. metering of delegations of new gTLDs into the root zone.

For the full skinny, go HERE.

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