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Amongst the humdrum of ICANN activity this week were two webinars dedicated to the issue of geographic names at the top level of the domain name system.  During the first round of new gTLDs, a number of brands – from Patagonia to Tata – applied for their trademarks at the top level, only to find themselves in disagreement with governments, who claimed sovereign rights over the corresponding geographic name (in addition to those names already protected in the Applicant Guidebook e.g. city names).  Unless the ICANN community can come together and agree a way forward, then any future round of new gTLDs will continue to feature these uncomfortable disagreements, and even litigation.

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A dot brand site went live this week with an address that we find puzzling -  com.mini

Yes, you read that right com.mini, not mini.com, which if you follow the developments of the Dot Brand space, does seem slightly counter-intuitive.

 
25 April 2017   Read more...

We've just completed our April research on dot brand usage for the Dot Brand Observatory and thought we'd share some of the highlights with you.

 
10 April 2017   Read more...

ICANN 58 in Copenhagen was a largely well-mannered meeting, although not without its share of difficult subjects and disagreements.

Some progress has been made to break the impasse over the treatment of Inter-governmental and International

 
23 March 2017   Read more...

There are now well over 100 brands actively using their new dot brand domains to promote their goods and services. The latest release of the Dot Brand Observatory, which is now a complimentary resource, produced by dotStories in collaboration with Verisign and Valideus paints a picture of a vibrant market that is developing significantly. The latest statistics from the Dot Brand Observatory show that:

 
12 March 2017   Read more...

The next ICANN meeting will be in Copenhagen and runs from this coming Saturday, 11 March to Thursday 16 March 2017.  It's the first of the three meetings scheduled for 2017 and as ever, we'll be there representing the interests of brand owners and IP experts. The intricacies of an ICANN meeting may seem of little interest to many outside the Internet community. However there are ongoing discussions that take place here that could have long-term effects, for better or worse, for the IP community. We are sending over a dozen members of the team so we can cover every session for our clients, ranging from those focused on security or technical protocols to discussions on policy.

 
6 March 2017   Read more...

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