Vulnerabilities of Weak Marks and Uncurated Websites

Dictionary words, alone, combined as phrases, modified by other parts of speech, and single letters that function as marks also retain in parallel their common associations that others may use without offending third-party rights. As a rule of thumb, generic terms are not registrable as marks until they perceivably cross a threshold to suggestive and higher classifications. Even then, if terms are capable of multiple associations (even though distinctive in a trademark sense) and there is no evidence of trespassing … Continue reading...

ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program Call for Nominations by SOs/ACs

LOS ANGELES – 20 November 2017 – ICANN has issued a call for nominations by the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) to the Community Onboarding Pilot (COP) Program for ICANN61. The COP seeks to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates through mentorship and knowledge and experience sharing. Nominations are due no later than Friday, 15 December 2017, 23:59 UTC. Additional details can be found here.

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM and .NET Registrations in October

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net … Continue reading...

ICANN Issues Guidance to Domain Registrars and Registries in Light of Hurricane Maria

ICANN has issued a guidance notice to registrars and registries in relation to Hurricane Maria, which caused massive damage throughout the Caribbean.

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Dear gTLD Registries and Registrars,

As you know, Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and surrounding areas. We have also heard from community members that ongoing issues with electric power grids and the telecommunications infrastructure are affecting the ability of some registrants to renew their domain names.

In order to assist registrars and … Continue reading...

UDRPs Filed – Brand Owners Take Note

After being in the domain industry for over 15 years, there aren't too many things that catch me by surprise, but recently a few UDRP filings have me scratching my head.

Both ivi.com and ktg.com have had UDRPs filed against them, and I have to say for anyone holding a valuable domain name, it's a cautionary tale and one that should have folks paying attention to the outcome of each.

Just as a refresher, to be successful in a UDRP … Continue reading...

Radix Reports Subsequent Renewal Rate of 77% for Three of Its Largest TLDs

Radix, the world's 4th largest domain portfolio registry shared the renewal rate for three of its most popular TLDs, .ONLINE, .TECH and .SITE.

Launched in July and August 2015, these TLDs are up for subsequent (2nd cycle) renewal and are seeing a healthy overall renewal rate of 77%. This renewal rate is for the first month General Availability. Benchmarking this against legacy TLDs, Radix TLDs saw a higher renewal rate than .com and .net that reported a compounded blended renewal … Continue reading...

When UDRP Consolidation Requests Go Too Far

Although including multiple domain names in a single UDRP complaint can be a very efficient way for a trademark owner to combat cybersquatting, doing so is not always appropriate.

One particularly egregious example involves a case that originally included 77 domain names — none of which the UDRP panel ordered transferred to the trademark owner, simply because consolidation against the multiple registrants of the domain names was improper.

The UDRP case, filed by O2 Worldwide Limited, is an important … Continue reading...

Verisign Launches NameStudio to Help Businesses and Individuals Find Great Domain Names

Today, Verisign introduced NameStudio™, a new easy-to-use domain name brainstorming service designed to enable startups, small businesses and individuals to find great domain names for their business or ideas. The company will showcase the power of this new service at Techweek Los Angeles on Nov. 14-16, 2017.

Verisign develops innovative services to help make it easier for people to bring their business ideas to life online through the power of domain names. And now NameStudio can make it easy … Continue reading...

Recommendations to Improve ICANN Staff Accountability

Open Date: 13 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)
Categories/Tags: Staff Accountability; Accountability
Brief Overview: This Public Comment seeks community input on the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 (WS2) draft recommendations on ICANN Staff Accountability. These draft recommendations were developed by the CCWG-Accountability as required by Annex 12 of the final report of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 1 (CCWG-Accountability, WS1).
Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/accountability-recs-2017-11-13-en
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Startup on Radix Domain has More Downloads on Play Store Than Lyft and Hulu Combined

Radix, one of the largest domain portfolio registries, announced that AI startup, Kika Tech (www.kika.tech), has more than 100 million Android app downloads worldwide. Kika is one of the many startups on Radix domains that have acclaimed global recognition.

This is just one of the many startups, in various stages of their lifecycle, that are using Radix domains as their primary identity. In October 2017, California based smart-home automation startup, Brilliant (www.brilliant.tech) announced that they had … Continue reading...