.Auto .Car, .Cars Get 1st day Registrations during $60K Per Domain
- The 1st day of the Early Access Program (EAP) opened up yesterday for the new gTLD’s .Auto, .Car and .Cars with day 1 prices set at $59,049.99 for each domain name at Godaddy and there appears to have been some takers at that price.
NEXTEV USA, Inc registered the domain names on January 12th:
NEXTEV USA seems to be the US operations of a Planned Chinese car manufacture who is looking to produce cars to compete with Telsa.
NextEV intends to begin with an electric supercar, the ... read more ...
The ICA Is Having a Coming Out Party At Namescon; Come Join US
Michael Berkens, Esq. is a owner and Editor-in-Chief of TheDomains.com. Michael is also a co-founder of Worldwide Media Inc. that sole around 70K domain to Godaddy.com in Dec 2015 and now owns around 5K domain names . Michael is also a Director of RightoftheDot.com that is a consultant in a new gTLD space and a attorney of super reward domains. Michael was also one of a 5 Judges comparison for a a Verisign 30th Anniversary .Com competition this year.
Reverse Domain Hijacking Found On 21 Year Old TPP.com Owned by Thomson Reuters
- A three member UDRP panel found that “The Preferred Prepaid, Inc. d/b/a TPP represented by Clifford D. Hyra, of Virginia, engaged in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) in attempting to grab the three letter domain name TPP.com which was registered in 1994 by Thomson Reuters.
The three member panel of The Honourable Neil Anthony Brown QC, Clive Elliott, QC and Darryl C. Wilson found the facts of this case “present overwhelming evidence that Complainant has engaged in reverse domain name hijacking”.
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Google Registers Alphabet.Sex in Sunrise: How Did They Do That? + More Generic's Reg As TM
- Google has added another domain name to its growing Alphabet brand, this time Alphabet.sex which got registered yesterday.
But Google registering another Alphabet domain name is not the story.
The issue is how did Google get that domain name registered in Sunrise when to register a domain name in any new gTLD Sunrise period the registrant has to have a registered trademark for the term and then apply to the Trademark Clearinghouse before being able to register a new gTLD domain in the Sunrise period.
I ... read more ...
Ashley Madison Hacked Info Site CheckAshleyMadison.com Taken Down After DMCA Notice
- On August 19, 2015 hackers released a huge amount of data from the breach at AshleyMadison.com and the race was on.
Several websites were set up to allow users to “search” the data, allowing users to see if a specific email address was included in the release.
One of those websites, according to TheHill.com is CheckAshleyMadison.com. That domain name was registered, well, yesterday on August 19, 2015 at eNom under privacy protection according to whois records.
Well, it was also TAKEN DOWN today ... read more ...
BMW is Reviewing The Possibility of TM Infringement as associated Alphabet
- BMW is apparently not too thrilled about Google deciding to go with the name Alphabet, and they have some concerns according to several news outlets.
Vehicle leasing company Alphabet is investigating whether Google has infringed its trademark after the tech giant gave its new parent company the same name.
Following a restructure, Google has created a new parent company called Alphabet Inc.
The leasing and fleet management company, owned by BMW, told Fleet News: “The possibility ... read more ...
Vox Populi wants heading for .Sucks
- Controversial new top level domain name registry wants to trademark “.sucks”.
Vox Populi, the domain name registry for .Sucks, has applied for the trademark “.Sucks” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
The goods and services for the mark are “Domain name registration services; registration of domain names for identification of users on a global computer network.”
The USPTO does not grant trademarks for top level domain names, so I’m not sure what Vox Populi hopes to accomplish ... read more ...
Scripps files heading applications for new tip turn domains
- Trademarking Living and Lifestyle.
Scripps Networks Interactive, through its top level domain name company Lifestyle Domain Holdings, has filed for U.S. trademarks matching a number of the top level domain names it will run.
The company filed multiple trademark applications for “Living”, “Lifestyle” and “Vana”, which all match new top level domain names.
There are four intent-to-use trademarks for each word, the only difference being the goods and services descriptions. One description ... read more ...
Gmeil.com 11 Year aged Typo For Gmail.com Sells At Auction For $3,255
- The domain name Gmeil.com, which is a pretty clear typo for gmail.com, just sold in a domain drop auction for $3,255
The domain name dropped on June 7th and was caught by the domain catcher dropcatch.com
The domain name has an original registration date of 2004, so Google had over a decade to go and get the domain through a UDRP.
According to Screenshots.com the domain has been parked since at least 2005.
There were 5 bidders willing to pay $1K or more for the domain and no wonder since the domain ... read more ...
The hurdles of detailed trademarks
- Two lawsuits show that descriptive brands have a downside.
I came across a couple recently filed trademark lawsuits that emphasize the challenge of building a brand around a descriptive term.
The first was filed by Texas company Peanut Labs, Inc., which operates the site SurveyTool.com. The company is upset with Instantly, Inc for using the term “Survey Tool”. (Lawsuit PDF)
Survey tool is very descriptive. It’s a tool for surveys. If you Google “Survey Tool”, you’ll find a bunch of services ... read more ...
Trademark Game Playing Results In Great Generic Domains Being Registered In .Casino Sunrise
- Wynn,the Bellagio,the Borgata, the MGM, the Mirage and the Aira are just a few of the famous Casino’s which registered their name in the new gTLD .Casino extension during the Sunrise period.
Each domain extension has to give first shot to trademark holders who have registered their global marks in the Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) but with each never gTLD launch I’m seeing more and more words, perfectly generic terms being successfully grabbed in the Sunrise period.
.Casino launches into general ... read more ...
30 More Big Brand Fails: Bang On Trademarked Domains Continue To Drop To Third Parties
- This is another post in our continuing series of bang on trademarked domain names that drop and the continuing failure of brand holders to catch them on the drop allowing third parties to register them and control them.
All of these domains were owned by someone other than the trademark holder then dropped and could have been picked up by the trademark holder if they pursed the domain in the drop.
Instead of the trademark holder registering these domains when they dropped, third parties, picked up ... read more ...
Trademark King still wants to TM famous outlines and brands
- Company submits specimens for many of its dubious trademark applications.
Proof of use for a domain name owned by another person?The company that spent about $50,000 trying to trademark what are mostly famous brands, trademarks and common phrases is still pushing on after receiving initial refusals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Indiana company Trademark King Inc filed over 150 trademark applications around Thanksgiving last year. The applications include a lot of famous brands (e.g. ... read more ...
New TLD association Architelos sued after melancholy IP Law Firm
- Architelos sent cease and desist letter to intellectual property law firm, with a predictable result.
What happens when you send a cease desist letter alleging trademark infringement to an intellectual property law firm? You get sued.
That’s what happened after new top level domain name services company Architelos sent a CD to California-based Cotman IP this month.
DeSantis Law Firm, which represents Architelos, sent the CD (pdf) to Cotman IP earlier this month, claiming Cotman was infringing ... read more ...
Company wants to heading a tenure “Domain Auction”
After reading what I wrote, it almost makes me think that the single best strategy one of the new TLD companies can use to guarantee long term success would be to create a handful of sites with broad appeal with their TLD.
So, instead of slogans and hype, they’ve got to either encourage or develop a few great sites under their TLD. I honestly think that if the the majority of US consumers saw or heard an advertisement for a site that is not a mainstream TLD, they wouldn’t even know ... read more ...
Latest tip turn domain associated trademarks: .xyz, Uniregistry, and more
These companies have filed trademark application for slogans related to top level domain names.
Domain name registries are lining up all sorts of catchy slogans for their businesses. Here are some recent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“The Right Domain Name Can Change Your Life” – Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry filed an intent-to-use application for this slogan. Its applications could be for its registry or registrar businesses.
“Name ... read more ...
How common difference like Pizza, Money, and Shopping finished adult in a Trademark Clearinghouse for new TLDs
The Trademark Clearinghouse for new TLDs is giving some people first dibs on domains like realestate.guru and pizza.restaurant.
The .info domain name got seriously gamed when it had its trademark sunrise period in 2001.
There was no pre-verification mechanism to determine if trademarks used to claim a .info domain met requirements. As a result, 20,000 sunrise registrations were later deemed invalid. Many more were accepted under rather lax standards.
The same thing ... read more ...
10 takeaways from new tip turn domain name morning durations so far
Here are ten things to think about after 15 top level domain names have completed their sunrise periods.
14 of Donuts’ domain names as well as شبكة. have gone through sunrise so far.
Only one of the fifteen domains received more than 200 sunrise registrations. Add to that Donuts’ Domain Protect Marks List, and you can argue the number is a bit higher, but still less than 1,000 or 1,500 per domain.
Here are my key takeaways:
1. Intellectual property owners ... read more ...
Trademark Clearinghouse extends warning use over 90 days
Extension will mostly benefit companies that pay more for longer TMCH registrations.
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) for new top level domain names has extended the amount of time it will notify rights holders that domain names matching their trademarks have been registered.
As background, registering a mark with the TMCH provides three services to rights holders when it comes to new top level domain names:
1. Initial eligibility to participate in sunrise periods.
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.Secure field take note: association isn’t giving adult heading conflict yet
Company that filed .secure trademark application appeals USPTO ruling.
The Wisconsin company that wants to trademark .secure hasn’t given up yet.
I first wrote about Asif LLC in 2010 when it filed a trademark application for .secure. It also filed an application to trademark .bank.
The application was originally filed on an intent-to-use basis. Later, Asif said it was using the term in commerce for “domain registration services”. How was it doing that in 2011, ... read more ...
Paul.com fights PaulDotCom.com over trademark
Two techies fight over “Paul Dot Com”.
The owner of Paul.com is fighting the PaulDotCom security podcast over the latter’s attempt to trademark “PAULDOTCOM”.
In November 2011, Paul Asadoorian filed a trademark application for PAULDOTCOM, the name he uses for his IT security podcast hosted at PaulDotcom.com. Once the mark was published for opposition, the owner of Paul.com filed a challenge with the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Paul Niedermeyer ... read more ...
Craigslist sues CraigsTruck.com
Classifieds site takes issue with delivery service’s name.
Online classifieds site Craigslist has filed a federal lawsuit against a Washington company that offers delivery services under the name Craigstruck.com.
Craigslist alleges that Craigstruck.com is infringing its trademarks and using its name to get more business.
Craigstruck.com matches people who have a truck and are willing to move stuff with people that need something moved. It promotes itself as service ... read more ...
Coming soon: heading applications tip off new products
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Before even launching a product, many companies will file “intent to use” trademark applications to protect their new brands and slogans.
A couple domain related companies have filed such applications recently, which may indicate new products they’re working on.
First up is Go Daddy, which submitted an application for “Go Mobile”.
It’s a fairly broad application covering domain registration, auctions, hosting, ... read more ...
That’s some (un)intellectual property
Attorney starts blog covering overzealous intellectual property enforcers.
I write a lot about companies that seem to think they have universal rights to generic terms. Whether it’s a UDRP or a trademark lawsuit, some companies seem to think they control terms such as entrepreneur, elk, and (ironically) “legal advice“.
That’s why I think I’m going to like a new blog from Brian Hall, an attorney with Traverse Legal.
UnIntellectualProperty.com covers cases ... read more ...
Waiter.com sues GoWaiter.com for heading infringement
Does GoWaiter.com infringe Waiter.com’s mark?
Here’s an interesting lawsuit that shows the challenges of building a business on a descriptive (aka ‘generic’) domain name.
Waiter.com, a food delivery web site started in 1995, has sued GoWaiter.com, a similar service apparently started in 2010.
Waiter.com has a trademark for “Waiter.com”, which it bases its complaint on.
The plaintiff might have a case here (pdf).
If the plaintiff’s name was FoodDelivery.com, ... read more ...