Friday, April 7, 2017

New gTLDs for the Law

We listed 10 new gTLDs related to the law and only one of them is a dotBrand. Surprisingly, it is the only .BRAND new gTLD to be offering to submit new gTLD applications to the ICANN : shouldn't this be considered when thinking of a company to submit your new gTLD application in round two of the ICANN new gTLD program? We think so.

This month, one extension keeps diving into the red for the third month in a row but three others are gaining a significant number of registrations.

We recently added the .ESQ new gTLD which belongs to Google and the funny thing is that it's been launched a very long ago but...no one noticed it. Here is what the new gTLD application says about .ESQ: "The purpose of the proposed gTLD is to provide a forum for lawyers and law practices to offer content related to their profession. ʺEsq.ʺ is typically used to refer to an individual who has been sworn in or accepted into their stateʹs or countryʹs bar. The mission of the proposed gTLD is to provide a dedicated domain space in which verified legal professionals can enact unique second-level domains."

Congratulations to the .LEGAL new gTLD which passes the 10,000 domain name registrations.

Oh, and yes, we consider that the .BAR new gTLD should be added to the 2017 LAW new gTLD report :-)

The list of new gTLD concerned:
  1. .LAWYER
  2. .LEGAL
  3. .ATTORNEY
  4. .LAW
  5. .PARTNERS
  6. .BAR
  7. .ASSOCIATES
  8. .ABOGADO
  9. .FAIRWINDS ®
  10. .ESQ
The full report is available here and we welcome more .BRAND TLD suggestions to be added to this report.

The .AFRICA Sunrise Period

The Trademark clearinghouse just announced the launching of the .AFRICA new gTLD Sunrise Period.

When:
  • START: Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 - 16:00;
  • END: Saturday, 3 June, 2017 - 16:00.

What the application says about .AFRICA
This is an extract of the new gTLD application submitted to the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):
"Our mission is to establish the dotAfrica TLD as a proud identifier of Africa’s online identity, fairly reflecting the continent’s rich cultural, social and economic diversity and potential. In essence we will strive to develop and position the dotAfrica TLD as the preferred option for individuals and businesses either based in Africa or with strong associations with the continent and its people. The dotAfrica TLD represents a unique opportunity for Africa to develop and enhance its domain name and Internet eco-systems and communities by collaborating with each other to:
  • identify, engage and develop African-based specialist skills and resources;
  • share knowledge and develop DNS thought-leadership; and
  • implement world class registry standards and contribute towards their continued development."

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