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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

Renewal Deadline – 1 Year Trademark Clearinghouse Registrations

If your company was an early registrant in the Trademark Clearinghouse, it is likely your registrations had an effective date of November 5, 2014, the date the Clearinghouse went “live.” If so, the deadline to renew one-year...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

Are you ready for the coming explosion of cybersquatting?

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

New Internet Top-Level Domains Unveiled

Website domain names as we know them will look dramatically different now that the menu of Internet domain name suffixes is expanding. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently released the...more

Brand Registry Agreement Addendum Published for Public Comment

On December 6, 2013, ICANN posted for public comment a proposal requested by the Brand Registry Group to incorporate a new Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement, which would be available to a registry operator...more

So Long, .com!

The New gTLDs Are Almost Here. Will You Be Ready? The first new generic Top-Level Domains (“gTLDs”) are expected to launch any day now — triggering what many predict will be the most significant transformation of the...more

Fantastic .Voyage: The Launch of First 9 New gTLDs

The first nine new generic top-level domain name spaces (gTLDs) in English1 are expected to go live on or around October 29, 2013. These first nine domain spaces to join existing gTLDs like .com and .net are: .camera,...more

gTLD updates for brand owners: First new gTLDs delegated, non-Latin gTLDs, a new product to defend your marks and recent changes...

HIGHLIGHTS: - Brand owners should prepare for the impending release of numerous new gTLDs – the first few of which will be open for registration soon, and even sooner during the sunrise periods for brand-owners who...more

gTLD Update for September 2013 [Video]

After years of discussion, some of the new domain name registries associated with the generic top level domains (gTLDs) will soon open for registration. Registration with the trademark clearinghouse has several valuable...more

Insane in the Do-main: The New gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse

ICANN (the entity that essentially controls the worldwide domain name system) is in the final stages of processing approximately 1,900 applications for new gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains – like ".com") many of which are...more

Q & A: ICANN's Global Trademark Clearinghouse

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body tasked with coordinating and preserving global Internet stability, is embarking on its largest expansion ever of the domain name system. Last week, on...more

gTLD Update for February 2013 [Video]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has established a central repository of authenticated trademark information associated with the new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) called the Trademark...more

New gTLD Clearinghouse Will Open March 26, 2013

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) plans to launch the first of the registries associated with the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in mid-2013. In association with the launch, ICANN is...more

New Reasons to Protect Trademarks Through Registration

Tak­ing the proac­tive step to reg­is­ter trade­marks, when­ever pos­si­ble, is vi­tal in to­day's on­line world. Given the pro­posed re­lease of count­less new generic top level do­mains by ICANN (the gov­ern­ing...more

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