Trademark Clearinghouse Has 31,866 Marks And 89,773 “TM” Notices Have Been Sent

The Trademark Clearinghouse has published it’s latest stats. So far 31,866 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 28th of July 2014. The number of marks were 30,916 on the 19th of June. So the Trademark Clearinghouse added 950 trademarks in these past 40 days.

Finally there have been 89,773 notifications sent out to TM holders so far. This means that 89,773 (or probably less) new gTLD domain names have been registered that contain a mark that is registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. The registered domains are probably less than 89,773 as when a domain, that consists of a trademark that is registered by multiple parties in the Trademark Clearinghouse, is registered then multiple notifications are sent to TM holders.

On itself that doesn’t mean something to me as it is getting more difficult with each passing day to find a dictionary term that is not registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse and because of availability most of the New gTLD domains that are registered consist of just 1 word. Common terms such as “insurance” or the letter “e” are trademarked.

I am almost certain that almost 99.9% of these 89,773 domain registrations do not infringe on any trademark. Of course most of it all depends on the use. Continue reading

Minds + Machines Client “Celebrate Broadway, Inc” Wins .Broadway

MindsAndMachinesFollowing recent press comment, Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announced that its client, Celebrate Broadway, Inc., has secured the sole application status for .broadway.

Minds + Machines will act as the registry service provider for the new generic top-level domain and will be advising Celebrate Broadway on the next steps ahead of the domain’s launch—pre-delegation testing, contracting and then delegation into the Internet’s root zone.

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.London Domain Name Ads On The London Underground

This is how you do marketing in a big city for a geo New gTLD like .London. You target the most popular transportation service. And in this case it is the London Underground. That and of course a .London TV ad is also very helpful.

The .London landrush ends on a the 31st of July. Visit makeit.london for more.

Every day around 24 million journeys are made across the London transport network.

London’s metropolitan area is the largest in the EU with a total population of 13,614,409, while the Greater London Authority puts the population of London metropolitan region at 21 million.

My sister that now lives and work in London send me a couple of photos from the London Underground Central Line: Continue reading

New gTLD Weekly Review: .WTF, .Fail, .Financial and .Limited

This week 4 New gTLDs enter General Availability and another 4 New gTLDs enter the EAP General Availability. This is a slow week and it might be because of the summer vacations… All new domain extensions are from Donuts that hasn’t missed a single week since it started.

Donuts enters EAP General Availability for the following 4 New gTLDs on Wednesday, July 30th 2014: .WTF, .Fail, .Financial and .Limited.

.Fail may be good for a complaints website but .WTF seems a bit odd to me. Both have zero resale potential. .Financial and .Limited will have some very … limited … interest by companies that end with “financial” and “limited”.

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Sedo sells 506 domains for $1 million: gca.com $90k, open.tv $25k, matrix.org $8k

In the past week (July 14 to July 20), 506 (570 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1 million ($1.5m last week). Only 162 (188 last week) domains from the 506 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 52% (50% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales. And will not reveal what percentage of the total sales value do the Buy Now listings represent.

The average domain name sales price was $1,976 ($2,632 last week).

Here are the 162 public and reported Sedo sales for the week July 14 to July 20 2014:

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New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Voting 8,383, .Kaufen 4,328, .Media 3,438, .Pictures 1,577

Here are the domain name registration results of this week’s 9 New gTLD launches:

On the 22nd of July .Moe entered general availability and it had 1,068 domains after it’s first day. Today it has 1,351 registrations.

Yesterday 23th of July 4 Donuts New gTLDs went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability: .Media, .Associates, .Lease and .Pictures.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were ok for .Media but not so good for the other 3 New gTLDs. The best one, .Media, has a total of 3,438 domain registrations today. .Pictures has 1,577 domains today and .Lease has 538 registrations. The worst one was .Associates that has only 506 registrations today. These numbers include the Sunrise (trademark) domain registrations.

Just as a comparison .photography had 10,475 and .photos 4,515 domain registrations after their first day.

Rightside Registry launched 2 New gTLDs this Continue reading

Dot Vegas CEO Jim Trevino Talks About .Vegas At TBAN In Las Vegas

Dot Vegas Inc. Founder, President and CEO Jim Trevino recently had the chance to talk about the .Vegas New gTLD at a Technology Business Alliance of Nevada luncheon. Check out a few highlights from his address at the video here: Continue reading

New TV Ad For .London New Top Level Domain Name

The .London registry released a new TV ad for the new top level domain name.

Until 31st July 2014, Londoners get priority for Dot London domain names. This means that if you are a London-based business, organisation, neighbourhood association or a proud Londoner, you get priority when applying for a Dot London domain name.

A digital pioneer, London is one of the first cities in the world to launch its own domain name, putting it at the forefront of innovation once again.

Get your .London domain name here now: www.makeit.london

View the TV ad from Dot London and see if a .London domain is vital to your business and customers or not: Continue reading

.Tokyo Has 9,598 Domain Registrations After Its 1st Day

Yesterday 22th of July the .Tokyo new domain name extension entered general availability. Tokyo has a metropolitan population of over 35 million people. This was one of the big geo New gTLDs but it didn’t do as well as I expected.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were not great for the .Tokyo New gTLD. It has a total of 9,598 domain registrations today. These numbers include the Sunrise (trademark) and the Landrush domain registrations. .Tokyo increased it’s registrations by about 8,700 domains on it’s first day.

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Go Daddy Customer Complains About 2 Domains That Were Removed From His Account

A Go Daddy customer is complaining that he registered 2 .xyz domains in June and Go Daddy removed the 2 domains from his account in July and registered the domains under some other name.

I am not sure what happened because the 2 domains he mentions have different registration dates and one of the domains is not registered with Go Daddy.

complete.xyz: registered on July 2 2014 at onamae.com
april.xyz: registered on July 17 2014 at Go Daddy

I checked domaintools.com and I can’t find a whois record earlier than the dates above.

The pissedconsumer.com review is titled:
“GoDaddy’s flawed Trademark filter can cause you to lose your domains.”

Here is what the Go Daddy customer had to say: Continue reading