.Africa Game on – Case will proceed to Trial

Earlier this year in February ICANN announced that it was free to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA domain following a Court decision that denied DotConnectAfrica’s (DCA’s) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the delegation of the .AFRICA generic top-level domain (gTLD) to ZA Central Registry (ZACR). The case had been remanded to State court …

.Amazon IRP Panel Notes the Precedential status of DCA Trust .Africa

The ICANN new gTLD process attracted over 1,930 new applications to be added into the root from 60 countries and territories. Of the applications received, 66 were geographic name applications while 116 applications made for Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, for strings in scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic. Broken down by ICANN’s geographic …

EFF has warned domain registrants against unfair policies set by new TLD registries

In a white paper released on Thursday, EFF has warned domain registrants against unfair policies set by new TLD registries and offers ways to minimize exposure to trademark bullying. The white paper titled, “Which Internet registries offer the best protection for domain owners?” also touches on how some domain name registries and registrars do a …

March 2017 was strong for .Com domains with 3.22 million new registrations

The latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for March 2017 have shown that March was a strong one with 3.22 million new .com domain registrations. Compare this to March 2016 when there were 3.08 million new .com registrations. The top registrars in terms of new registrations saw little movement. …

IP Attorneys Expected Reported Growth in Brand Protection Spend

More than a third of companies have increased trademark policing budgets since last year, according to a recent report from IP management and analytics software company Lecorpio. Lecorpio’s second annual “Trademark Management Study,” released May 16, asked the company’s corporate counsel clients about changes in their trademark portfolios and in-house counsel teams. Responses to one …

Credit Unions can now have .CREDITUNION, to compete .BANK gTLD

BOSTON, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, Credit Unions can now have their own Internet brand: .CREDITUNION, to compete with the highly successful .BANK extension.  As the leading .BANK Registrar, EnCirca is pleased to announce pre-screening services for all U.S.-based Credit Unions.  Credit unions are invited to apply today for a pre-verification and to see …

Universal Acceptance of New gTLDS a USD 9.8 Billion Opportunity

A new study reveals a potential USD 9.8 billion growth opportunity in online revenue through a routine update to Internet systems, including those for speakers of languages that do not use the English script. The report from technology consulting and research firm Analysys Mason was commissioned by the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) and clearly …

Miami company launching .health to beat .com and .org

Miami-based dotHealth announced Tuesday it will launch the .health top-level domain, with the goal to be a premier web address for brands, organizations and individuals in the health and wellness industry. dotHealth launched the .co domain in 2010, then one of the few competing against the almighty .com, and sold it four years later. Since …

Disqualify Verisign Backed Nu Dot Co’s $135 million bid Afilias Asks ICANN

Afilias has written ICANN asking that it disqualify Nu Dot Co’s $135 million winning bid for .Web, the company also asked ICANN to conduct an investigation, and has also filed a complaint with the Ombudsman. Afilias is reacting following last weeks amended lawsuit by Donuts’ filed after unsuccessfully seeking stop the auction of .Web gTLD …