ICANN Publishes gTLD Statistics and Trends Report, Asks for Community Feedback

ICANN has published gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) for community feedback: "The gTLD Marketplace Health Index presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains. ICANN intends to publish these statistics biannually to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted."

— Total gTLDs: ICANN has provided the metrics below representing the total number of second-level domain names in existence in gTLDs from 2010-2015. Additional metrics track the … Continue reading...

‘Pokemon’ Domain Names are a No-Go

The legal issues surrounding the sudden success of "Pokemon Go” — one of the world's fastest-growing apps or games — are popping up as quickly as unhatched Eggs at a PokéStop.

Within days of the game's release, the National Safety Council issued a call that "urges pedestrians to exercise caution while playing the Pokémon Go augmented reality game" and "implores drivers to refrain from playing the game behind the wheel." A U.S. senator sought clarification from the … Continue reading...

Domains Reach 326 Million With New gTLDs Now 5 Percent Of All Registrations

There were 326.4 million domain names registered across all top level domains around the world at the end of the first quarter 2016, an increase of approximately 12 million domain names, or 3.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign. Registrations have grown by 32.4 million, or 11 percent, year over year.… Continue reading...

12 Million New Domains Registered in Frist Quarter 2016, Total Domains Reach 326.4 Million Worldwide

Total number of domains names across all top-level domains grew to 326.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, Verisign reported today.

12 million domain names added in the first quarter of 2016: The increase of approximately 12 million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 3.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015. Worldwide registrations have grown by 32.4 million, or 11 percent, year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth … Continue reading...

Facilitating a Trusted Web Space for Financial Service Professionals

In addition to being highly relevant and memorable Top Level Domains, the .CFD ["Contracts for Difference"] and .Spreadbetting domain extensions act as a mark of trust to potential clients. A unique verification service provided by the domain Registry, Boston Ivy, is changing the landscape of the internet and the world of online trading.

A Seal of Quality Woven Into Your URL

.CFD and .Spreadbetting domain extensions cannot be acquired by just any entity.

Only CFD and spread betting providers that … Continue reading...

Fair Use Incorporating Trademarks in Domain Names

The paragraph 4(c)(iii) safe harbors of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy are construed from a five word phrase, "legitimate noncommercial or fair use." "Noncommercial" like "identical" in paragraph 4(a)(i) has a defined meaning; it does not include domain names inactively held (for any alleged purpose), although non-use is not necessarily fatal to rights or legitimate interests. "Fair use" has a larger canvass; it includes nominative (commercial) use that is fair and Constitutionally protected speech. These are large matters; … Continue reading...

Use Microsoft Excel for Business – Know Every Aspect of It

Use Microsoft Excel for Business – Know Every Aspect of It

Microsoft Excel has eventually become the best in the industry when it comes to spreadsheet software. Without a doubt no other spreadsheet software can outdo Microsoft Excel today. It offers countless benefits to users and viewers.
Not only it comes with great preloaded features, but also it is constantly updating itself to make accounting and other related business work easy. Commonly Microsoft is used for charting and spread sheet … Continue reading...

New Top Level Domain Industry First Half 2016 Analysis & Insights (Infographic)

This post provides an overview from The First Half of 2016 infographic, reflecting on some of the intriguing highlights of the new gTLD industry.

The data analyzed within the infographic is based on the following:

– Revenues are based on the average retail price over four registrars (101domain, eNom, GoDaddy and United Domains) at the end of June 2016.

– Top three TLDs launched in 2016 are based on TLDs entering into General Availability after January 1st and based on … Continue reading...

Domain Names Identical to Trademarks But No Likelihood of Confusion

Confusion is a basic element in both cybersquatting and trademark infringement. It appears twice in the UDRP; once in paragraph 4(a)(i) in the adjectival phrase "confusing similarity", and once in paragraph 4(b)(iv) in the phrase "likelihood of confusion." Each use of the distinctive phrases is directed to a different observer. More of this in a moment. The first relates to standing; the second to infringement. Unless a party has standing it can have no actionable claim.

One of the differences … Continue reading...