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gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

New Internet Domain Available for U.S. Credit Unions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Credit unions in the United States now have access to a new top-level domain – .creditunion – for websites named to match an existing registered trademark. The “sunrise period” for the new domain runs from May 4 through...more

New gTLD Sunrise Periods for Gaming, Entertainment and Retail Companies

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The following open gTLD Sunrise Periods may be of interest to companies in the gaming, entertainment and retail industries who wish to register their trademark as a domain name. Each new gTLD operator must provide a window...more

New Online Opportunities for .store and .stream Domain Names

by Perkins Coie on

Several new unrestricted generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), such as .store and .stream, are now available, with several others set to launch soon. You are afforded a short window of time, referred to as the Sunrise...more

The Essentials Of Domain Name Management For Companies

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In the traditional scheme of intellectual property, companies tend to manage their trademark, copyright, and patent portfolios, whether in house or through outside counsel. However, it has become increasingly essential for...more

Blog: Online Eligibility Requirements Will Frustrate Some Insurance Businesses, But Remedies Are Available

by Cooley LLP on

Businesses operating within the insurance industry will soon be able to use <[name].insurance> domain names to direct customers to their online content. The application process for these industry-specific names begins on 3...more

Is a “YourBrand.sucks” Domain Name Worth $2,500 per Year?

by Carlton Fields on

The sunrise period for "dot sucks," the new generic top level domain (gTLD), opened on March 30, 2015 and ends on June 19, 2015. During the sunrise period, the suggested retail price per .sucks domain name registration is...more

[Your Brand].Sucks

by McAfee & Taft on

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as ICANN, is currently in a multi-year process of rolling out hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). ICANN’s rationale for the expansion:...more

.SUCKS Fights Back against Critics: Is It Enough to Convince Brand Owners to Buy the Domain?

by Wilson Elser on

Many brand owners are holding out to see whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or any other government agency in the United States or elsewhere, takes action against Vox Populi Registry Ltd. (Vox Populi) over what some...more

A Questionable Future for .SUCKS Domain Names?

by DLA Piper on

In response to a veritable deluge of concerns from brand owners over the .SUCKS domain name registry’s pricing structure, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) sent a letter to the U.S. Federal...more

Coming Soon: Your_Brand.Sucks

by Jackson Walker on

Discussion about how something "sucks" is no longer reserved for middle school lunchrooms. Soon the Internet will include a new generic top-level domain ("gTLD") for .SUCKS. The goal of this new gTLD—according to its...more

The Launch Of .PORN & .ADULT TLDS

by DLA Piper on

In 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) made waves by approving the first adult entertainment industry-specific top-level domain (“TLD”), “.XXX,” administered by the ICM Registry. At that...more

Generic Top Level Domains Create New Opportunities and New Headaches for Colleges and Universities

For decades, the Internet was limited to a small number of top-level Internet domains, the most common being .com, .org, .net, .edu, and country-specific domains. However, in 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...more

New ".SUCKS" TLD Creates Dilemma for Trademark Owners

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

March 30, 2015, is the opening day of the “sunrise” period for registration of domain names in the .SUCKS top-level domain (TLD). Unlike other recently created TLDs, which are typically oriented toward either particular...more

Don’t Lose Out on Your .BANK Domain Name

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

In just a few months, perhaps as early as mid-May, the new .BANK generic Top Level Domain will become available to banks around the world. The new domain promises to be more secure than the traditional .COM, with enhanced...more

.PORN and .ADULT Join .XXX to Form Unsexy Threesome for Brand Owners

Yesterday marked the sunrise launch of the .porn and .adult generic top-level domains (gTLDs), which join .xxx in the top-level domain name space as gTLDs targeted mainly at online purveyors of adult entertainment. ...more

ICANN’s gTLD Program – A Look Back and Forward

ICANN’s new Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program has been in full swing for over a year now, so it seems an apt time to examine some statistics as to how brands are engaging with new gTLDs, utilizing the Trademark...more

Markit to Market - May 2014

In This Issue: - Scammers Still Be...Scamming - Contests – Check Rules Before Offering! - Catalogs as Specimens - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt from Scammers Still Be...Scamming: Based...more

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

Icann's Trademark Clearinghouse: Keeping Cyber Squatters at Bay?

by Dechert LLP on

Expansion of the domain name system - ICANN (the organisation that coordinates internet domain names) is in the process of expanding the domain name system by introducing hundreds of new global Top Level Domains...more

As Apps Rise, Are Domain Names the Next AM Radio?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite a deluge of seminars, conferences, newsletters, blogs and email reminders over the past year or so, many companies and public figures are just waking up to the reality of the massive expansion of the Internet domain...more

Are there going to be new generic top level domains available in the future? [Video]

by Jaburg Wilk on

Phoenix business law firm's Intellectual Property attorney Maria Crimi Speth discusses top level domain names and their future availability. She then talks about what business owners should do to prepare for this....more

Registering Your Trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse – Is Your House in Order?

by Dickinson Wright on

“It’s happening – the biggest change to the Internet since its inception” is how the president of ICANN’s Generic Domains Division has described the new gTLD Program being implemented by The Internet Corporation for Assigned...more

Are you ready for the coming explosion of cybersquatting?

by Dickinson Wright on

The next wave of domain-name barbarians is gathering outside the gates. Here’s what you need to do now to keep your trademarks, and your e-commerce, safe. Almost every business has had to deal with cybersquatters –...more

5 Steps To Protect Your Brands in the New gTLD Regime

The time is upon us. After years of anticipation, lobbying for delays and more robust trademark protections, and otherwise steeling themselves against the oncoming tide of new, generic top-level domain names (gTLDs), brand...more

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