The list includes many keyword domains as well as trademark domains of many other companies. How this was done is a mystery to me or maybe not judging from some other activities I have discovered with New gTLDs.
RetailMeNot may own a couple couple of trademarks such as “RetailMeNot” but it certainly does not own 849 trademarks.
RetailMeNot has registered in sunrise period generic domains such as pizza.codes, find.codes, paris.codes, usa.codes, mobile.codes, security.codes, english.codes and hundreds of other.
Many of these domains were purchased at premium prices such as sale.codes, live.codes, alaska.codes, hot.codes, college.codes and newyork.codes.
The list also includes domains that include trademarks of other companies: mac.codes, nascar.codes and jetblue.codes.
It makes me wonder if RetailMeNot is really behind these registrations. If it really is then this problem is much bigger than it seems.
These 849 domains together with the 60 sunrise registrations made by other companies during sunrise period make .codes New gTLD the most successful New gTLD in terms of sunrise domain name registrations. That is highly irregular especially because sunrise domains account for about a 3rd of the total .codes domain registrations.
I don’t think that Donuts has shown any interest in this situation because they got the sunrise fees and they are also getting paid for all premium domains that are in the list.
The .Codes New gTLD entered the Early Access Program (EAP) on the 16th of April 2014 at 16.00 CET. A few hours before that coupon giant RetailMeNot, Inc. registered 849 domain names in sunrise. New gTLD sunrise registrations require that the registrant has a registered trademark and that the trademark is registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. It is apparent that RetailMeNot, Inc. does NOT have 849 registered trademarks.
.Codes has 3,042 domain registrations today so the RetailMeNot, Inc. registrations account for about a 3rd of the .codes total domain registrations.
On the same day I found another 25 sunrise registrations that were also registered at 101Domain and are currently behind whois privacy. The list includes domains such as blackfriday.codes and coupons.codes (that is a premium domain):