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82 New gTLDs and Counting

Posted January 9th, 2014

A complete list of the 82 New gTLDs now delegated as of Jan. 2, 2014 from our friends at Com Laude.

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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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Proposed ICANN 2013 RAA Open for Comment (closes 28 March)

Posted March 11th, 2013


After nearly 18 months of negotiations, ICANN is posting a new version of the proposed 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) for public comment.

The Registrar Negotiating Team (NT) has continued to engage in good faith negotiations to understand ICANN‘s perspective with respect to the outstanding issues, and to share the often divergent positions within the Registrar Stakeholder Group. Recently, additional revisions were proposed by ICANN‘s Negotiating Team stemming from the call by ICANN‘s CEO, Fadi Chehadé, to work to improve the image of the domain industry and to protect registrants through a further updated contractual framework. The Registrar NT considered each of these new issues, and worked towards finding solutions where appropriate. The RAA posted today reflects hard-fought concessions on many of key issues raised throughout the negotiations, and highlights issues remaining in order for the final 2013 RAA agreement to be reached.

Throughout the RAA and its Specifications, there are portions where two versions of draft text appear side by side. These highlight areas where ICANN and the Registrars have not been able to reach agreement in principle on an issue, therefore both positions are provided for comment.

To post comments before 28 March go HERE.



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ICANN and Registrar Negotiation Team Post Summary of RAA Negotiations

Posted March 7th, 2012

From ICANN News

In advance of the Costa Rica meeting, ICANN and the Registrar Negotiation Team have prepared a summary of the negotiations on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). After the Board directed ICANN and the Registrars to proceed into negotiations regarding recommendations by law enforcement and recommendations from the GNSO, negotiations proceeded at a brisk pace, with 13 negotiation sessions held to date. There are many topics where ICANN and the Registrar Negotiation Team are close to agreement on language, and even more topics where there is agreement in principle. Because of the comprehensive nature of the amendments, it is expected that all negotiated language will be posted as a unified document after further negotiation.

The summary chart released today provides information on nearly all of the items that have been raised in the negotiations, and the current status of agreement on those issues.

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“Centralnic Now ICANN Accredited”

Posted November 21st, 2011

“Centralnic, the company that runs and other extensions, is now an ICANN accredited registrar.”

Click HERE to read more.

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“Registrars Work to Amend ICANN Agreement to Address Security Concerns”

Posted October 26th, 2011

As reported by “During the ICANN meeting in Dakar, ICANN and registrars will announce that they’re working to amend the current Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) to address security concerns and provided “increased protections for registrants”.

Apparently this has been in the works for a while and is not a snap reaction to increased pressure by law enforcement agencies during the meeting.”

Click HERE to read more.

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Godaddy Sets Prices For .XXX Names

Posted August 12th, 2011

As reported by “ the world’s largest registrar has announced it pricing for the .XXX Sunrise period, Land Rush and General Availability for .XXX domain names.

Pricing for .XXX is as follows”

Click HERE for pricing.

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“KeySystems and NameDrive Merge into KeyDrive SA”

Posted July 28th, 2011

As reported by “As DVMag reports (German) that the Luxemburgian Investment Fund BIP Investment Partners announced today that it is combining the Registrar Key Systems (St. Ingbert, Saarland) with the domain parking company Namedrive (Luxemburg) in a new holding company named Keydrive S.A. based in Luxembourg. The new ownership was already added to NameDrive’s ICANNWiki entry earlier this month.”

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Money Does Indeed Attract Money – GoDaddy to Sell to K.K.R. and Silverlake

Posted July 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to Godaddy on the rumored $2.25 billion dollar sale.

According to “The Go Daddy Group, the controversial giant of Internet address registration companies, said Friday that it would sell itself to a group led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Silver Lake.

While the company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, the buyers are paying about $2.25 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.”

In Go Daddy, the investor group — which also includes Technology Crossover Ventures as a minority partner — will buy the biggest domain name registrar in the world. The company manages more than 48 million domain names and has nearly 9.4 million customers.”

Click HERE to read the full story.

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ICANN Publishes Registrant Rights and Responsibilities Webpage

Posted June 27th, 2011

Better late than never…

As published to “ICANN has published a document that identifies available registrant rights and responsibilities under the 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), on a webpage that summarizes available registrant rights and responsibilities including those that arise under ICANN Consensus Policies and specifications, as they are incorporated in the RAA:

Click HERE to read more.

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