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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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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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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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RAA Negotiations Community WIKI

Posted December 5th, 2011

From ICANN News

2 December 2011

In Dakar, ICANN announced the commencement of negotiations with representatives of the Registrar Stakeholder Group to amend the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). These negotiations are actively underway, and aim to produce amendment topics to enhance registrant protection and DNS stability for consideration at the Costa Rica Meeting.

To promote transparency and timely communications, ICANN has created a dedicated Wiki to describe the communications plan, publish regular status updates on the amendment topics under consideration, and provide comment opportunities to the broader ICANN community.

For the latest developments on these important negotiations, click on the link below:

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“Your .brand gTLD: Hopeful Registry Partners Go Into Marketing Overdrive”

Posted July 7th, 2011

As posted to by Adam Smith: “Hundreds of companies are planning to secure their ‘.brand’ top-level domain (TLD). That is one thing becoming clear since the ICANN board approved the expansion of the domain name space last month. After three years of contentious policy development, if that fact is a surprise to trademark counsel, they may be shocked to learn that their peers are already heavily involved in the application process. And we’re not talking only about consumer brands: sources report that companies from the oil and gas, manufacturing, and construction sectors will apply too. As a result, competition for the attention of brands that are planning to apply for a new gTLD is hotting up.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

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Debrief on ICANN’s Munich Registry/Registrar Event

Posted May 26th, 2011

On 12-13 May 2011, ICANN hosted its Europe Regional Registry/Registrar Event in Munich, Germany and have  released several presentations from the event.

Click HERE to read more about the meeting and  the published presentations.

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ICANN Threatens .jobs With Pink Slip

Posted February 28th, 2011

As reported by Domain Name Wire “ ICANN has notified .jobs registry Employ Media LLC that it is in breach of its contract at ICANN, and the contract is subject to cancellation if the breach isn’t corrected within 30 days.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

Click HERE to read the notice of breach letter.

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NameSmash 2010 Year In Review

Posted January 6th, 2011

From the successful launch of IDNs to Google’s battle with China to the approval of .XXX, 2010 was a year marked by progress. We might not have flying cars, robot butlers or crops that thrive on Gatorade but we do have Twitter weddings.

Behold, the NameSmash 2010 year in review!


  • Cybersquatting fell to a three year low
  • Google threatened to leave China
  • Expressions of Interest for new gTLDs ( was a hot button topic


  • China tightens rules for domain owners
  • Afilias bought Dot Mobi
  • ICANN warns that the adoption of IPV6 is essential
  • The .CO launch is announced


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Carnage Of Cartagena. What Has Become Of The Three Major Issues Of The Meeting.

Posted January 5th, 2011

The Cartagena meeting yielded lukewarm results for those hoping to see ICANN move forward with the new gTLD program. Although for those who were a little less hopeful, it was business as usual. Decisions were delayed and generally not much happened save for some incredible alcohol fueled photos that showed up on Facebook.

Although one could hardly expect a decision to be made on the Proposed Applicant Guidebook, when the public comment period closes the same day as the board meeting, (If you’ve ever read an ICANN comment thread, no one of sound mind could expect that they would be read and considered in a day). The new delay may make the May 30, 2011 launch date impossible. As applications can’t begin to be submitted until ICANN has completed a four month outreach campaign following the publishing of the Final Version of the Draft Applicant Guidebook, it looks like without the aid of a time machine, that launch date will come and go.

Although there is good news for those who still wish to comment on the PAG. ICANN as stated, “Comment deadlines have been pushed up “Taking into account public comment and decisions made during ICANN’s Cartagena meeting, the public comment period for the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook and supporting documentation have been extended to 15 January 2011 (1200 UTC).”

While residual squabbling among various interests in new gTLDs continues, the Internet community seems to be ready to find solutions to the elements of the DAG that are problematic. As Natalie Dreyfus explains on her blog, “According to ICANN’s Adopted Board Resolution of December 10, 201 0, public comments following the publication of the fifth Draft Applicant Guidebook (DAG) identified four “overarching issues” to be addressed as a threshold for moving forward with the introduction of new gTLDs: trademark protection, mitigating malicious conduct, root zone scaling and economic analysis.”

It would benefit no one to sweep these issues under the rug and move forward with so much unresolved. The more comfortable we are as a group, the better the end result of our years of effort spent on this program will be. New gTLDs will not happen in a vacuum, they will be the result of all interests coming together to further the scope of the Internet. And we do need each other to move forward. Peter Dengate Thrush said it best, quoted in a December 10 news release from ICANN, “It is imperative that the launch of new gTLDs be handled cautiously and thoughtfully, and that all voices are heard and considered”.

While New gTLDs were the most hotly anticipated issue of the meeting, IDNs and .XXX were also on the table. Below is an outline of the current state of the three most pressing issues of the Cartagena meeting.


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Vertical Integration is Now! ICANN Puts An End to Registry / Registrar Separation

Posted November 11th, 2010

ICANN has effectively put an end to the strict rules that have kept a firm divide between the interests of Registries and Registrars.

The approval of Vertical Integration by the ICANN board drops the checkered flag on a veritable explosion of business as Registrars are now able to apply for and operate new TLDs. Previously only the turf of a limited number of Registries, Vertical Integration will allow Registrars to operate the back end and retail domain components. This is huge news for the domain industry and will greatly enhance the success of the New gLTD program.

For more information, click HERE.

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