Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The new gTLD info of the day (Wednesday)
  • RPMs for .FROGANS new gTLD
  • How Premiums domains are selected for an auction?
  • "Adult" domains pose new challenges for Trademark Owners
  • Should you have bought a .PARIS domain name? (in French)
  • .MUSIC : how it will go mainstream
  • Dated 24/12/2015, the French Ministry of Economy thinks .WINE and .VIN were suspended (in French)
Rights protection mechanisms for new internet layer outlined, but could more have been done?
OP3FT, the non-profit organisation whose purpose is to hold, promote and protect the newFrogans layer of the internet, has expanded on the rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) being made available to trademark owners. However, a leading commentator has expressed disappointment at the conservative approach it has taken towards intellectual property protection. (possible registration required to read this article).

How do you choose the domain names to enter into the auction?
Monte: We look at a number of factors in choosing names for the RightOfTheDot / NamesCon auction (not in order of importance).

‘Adult’ Domains Pose New Challenges for Trademark Owners
The launch of new adult-related top-level domains is reminiscent of the early days of cybersquatting, when domain name registrants created pornographic websites that contained trademarks owned by well-known brands

Bilan .PARIS, un an après
L'extension de nom de domaine .PARIS a été lancée en juin 2014. Dans un premier temps réservée à une liste très restreinte de professionnels, l'extension .PARIS avait ensuite été ouverte au grand public en décembre 2014. A peine un après son lancement public, quel premier bilan peut-on tirer ?

How .MUSIC Will Go Mainstream and Benefit ICANN's New gTLD Program
  1. Obstacles to New gTLD Success: Competing with .COM, Awareness and Adoption
  2. How Awareness, Adoption and Differentiation Can Be Achieved
  3. DotMusic has created a strong, trusted brand for itself over the last decade and has raised unprecedented support and awareness in both the domain and music industries that will be leveraged by DotMusic to become the first new gTLD to be community and industry adopted and to go mainstream
  4. The Way Forward: Collaboration and Co-opetition
  5. .MUSIC Will Go Mainstream Benefiting the New gTLD Program and ICANN

Réponse du Ministère de l’Economie, de l’industrie et du numérique (JO SENAT, 24/12/2015, p.3594)
À la suite d’un nouveau recours intenté par la Commission européenne et les organisations viti-vinicoles (procédure de l’ICANN dite de « cooperative engagement »), la délégation de ces deux domaines est aujourd’hui suspendue afin de permettre à l’ICANN, à la Commission européenne et aux représentants des viticulteurs européens de discuter une nouvelle fois.

Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
The Nameshield Group: Registry, Corporate and Retail Registrar

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Why would you buy a domain name in an auction?

Auctioning new domain names has become a trend: not only to sell Premium domains to potential investors but install new extensions on a crowded market. If investors usually buy generic domain names to re-sell them, many Registrants (traditional buyers) buy them to promote a product or a service like this is the case for and

NamesCon has become an event most (new) Registries attend, and the reason for this is simple: it is where Premium domain names are sold to investors. It also gives a good visibility to domain names with potential. Many domainers attend this conference but not only... Registrars attend too, even the ICANN sends its speakers.

Don't like domaining ?
Think twice. Major Corporations buy Premium domains - with a meaning - because they have understood the potential of a generic domain names. The reason why I believe that keeping an eye on these auctions is a must do for Trademarks is because...speaking as a consumer... "" looks nicer than "" to me. Lucky me, Christian Dior Couture is the owner of this domain name.

A new auction for ".club" domain names
The Registry has already been very successful offering Premium domain names: was sold for $140.000,00. Many other .club domain names were sold during various auctions on several platforms. On January 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (5:00 PM Eastern Time), the .CLUB Registry will offer to participate in an exclusive domain names auction for:
Major clubs or Trademarks representing a sport are welcome to join to participate. More information is available here.
This domain name, like many sports ".club" domain names, won't be for sale during this auction but I'd suggest any representative of any sport to do the test: try to enter the name of a sport in your browser and add ".club" in the end. See what happens ;-)

Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
The Nameshield Group: Registry, Corporate and Retail Registrar

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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