Saturday, February 27, 2021

.BRAND domain name registration volumes

For the past four years, I have edited new gTLD reports with a focus on volumes of domain name registered according to specific categories: "legal", "catering", "the automobile industry", etc... but I did not cover dotBrand Top-Level Domains: specification 13 applications from the ICANN new gTLD program dedicated to Trademarks and brands.

The listing is already up-to-date for the month of January 2021 and offers to check the number of domain name registered by .BRAND new gTLD applicants. It is a new report that I am launching in 2021.

The following months will also be made available and allow to check if a Trademark, operating its own domain name extension, creates more domain names or...less. 

All reports are updated at the end of each month in the "new gTLD reports" section of Jovenet Consulting.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

New reconsideration request from .HOTEL applicant

This is how starts the reconsideration request from one of the multiple applicants for the .HOTEL new gTLD. The below was extracted from the request:

Description of specific action you are seeking to have reconsidered:

Board and/or Staff approval of Donuts Inc. acquisition of Afilias, Inc., without any transparent or apparently meaningful review nor provision of any opportunity for comment by affected stakeholders. The acquisition was announced1 on Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving week in the US) and apparently closed2 just 36 days later, on Dec. 29 (Christmas/NYE week).

The only mention in any ICANN Board “Resolution” is on Dec. 17, 2020 (published Dec. 21, 2020):3 "No Resolutions taken."

In the Preliminary Report published by the Board on Jan. 5, 2021, 4 there is only this note: "No Resolutions were taken. The Chair stated that the Afilias change of control approval request has been discussed by the Board, and that the ICANN President and CEO, or his designee(s), has the support of the Board to move forward on the request."

Download the full request here (PDF download).

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Update: the .SPA new gTLD

The ICANN TLD startup information page was updated for the .SPA new generic Top-Level Domain (for domain names ending in ".spa", instead of ".com":

  • Sunrise Period: 20 April 2021 to 20 May 2021;
  • Trademark Claims Period: 01 July 2021 to 30 September 2021;
  • Landrush - 26 May 2021 to 24 Jun 2021.
The official website states: ".spa is a Top Level Domain (TLD) owned by Asia Spa and Wellness Promotion Council (ASWPC) and supported by various international spa associations to help local spa operators build their presence online."

To register a domain name ending in ".spa", see here:

.BRAND new gTLD Reports are updated once a month: CLICK HERE !