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Answers to two questions about the TMCH extending alerts beyond 90 days.
Yesterday I wrote about how the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is extending the amount of time it will alert trademark holders if someone registers domains that contain their mark. Originally set for just 90 days, now the TMCH will extend the service for as long as a mark is registered with the TMCH. (For more background, see my previous story.)
Some readers brought up good questions, which I posed to TMCH.
Domain Name Wire: Currently, are registries only required to ping the TMCH for the first 90 days? Will they now have to do it longer? If not, how will TMCH find out what domains are registered?
This Ongoing Claims Notifications service is an add-on to existing services for which the Trademark Holder registered for a period of 1, 3 or 5 years and is free of charge for both Clearinghouse Agents as Trademark Holders. As this is free of charge, no additional costs will be charged to the registries either.
The Clearinghouse will create an extra interface that works separately from the existing TMDB interface for the 90 days Claims Notifications (during these 90 days registries have to pay 0.25 USD per registration when there is a successful registration matching a mark in the Clearinghouse). The 90+ interface will charge no such fee when there is an exact match.
Should a registry opt not to join the Clearinghouse in this expansion of the Right Protection Mechanism, the Clearinghouse will scrape the zone files, either through a third party provider or use its own resources.
Domain Name Wire: Who made the decision to extend the service? Was any approval from ICANN required?
The Clearinghouse is committed to offering additional, value-added services to owners of recorded marks in the TMCH database.
This will be done in consultation the broader ICANN community wherever appropriate and, where necessary, with ICANN’s approval prior to launch.
A new TLD registry was among the domain name buyers at Sedo last week.
Domain name marketplace Sedo sold $1 million worth of domain names last week. Here are 21 that were purchased by “end users”. You can see previous end user sales reports here.
duesseldorfkonzert.de 4,760 EUR- Web agency DKN GmbH & Co KG.
LEDLightBulbs.co.uk 4,000 GBP – CP Lighting Ltd in the United Kingdom.
TECC.co.uk 750 GBP – The Electronic Cigarette Company in the United Kingdom bought its acronym
NBT.it $1,500 – NBT partners in Paris. I can’t find anything about what they do.
CompanyUpdate.com $4,995 – Dun & Bradstreet. This was on the GoDaddy sales list to, which means it was sold through the GoDaddy listing partnership.
ForgiveMeFather.com $1,595 – Looks to be a future NSFW site from adult entertainment company Really Usefull Ltd.
Ovolo.com $3,000 – Ovolo Group, owner of Ovolo Hotels in Hong Kong and Australia. Its existing domains include OvoloGroup.com and OvoloHotels.com.
SouthernWeb.com $13,750 – Southern Web Group, an Atlanta web design firm, shortened its URL from SouthernWebGroup.com.
NicClub.com $3,500 – this is interesting. .Club Domains LLC, which will be selling .club domain names, bought the domain name. New TLD operators are going live at nic.TLD, and .Club Domains must know that if it promotes nic.club, some people are going to type in NicClub.com instead.
GCFund.org $950 – Incheon Free Economic zone Authority Songdo-dong Yeonsu-gu
Laemmermann.com 1,300 EUR – Laemmermann Verwaltungen GmbH, which appears to offer products to protect from getting insects in the home.
BringYourOwnCloud.com 750 EUR – Nimbo, a cloud services company.
RecruitingHQ.com $1,149 – ERE, a recruitment media company. This was one of the domain names Yahoo! sold in its auction.
Qubix.com $10,000 – Qubix International Limited, an Oracle Hyperion services provider. Based in the UK, they already own the .co.uk version of the domain name.
Freelancer.com.co $3,500 – Freelancer Technology Pty, which runs freelance matching service Freelancer.com. Note that they don’t own Freelance.co, which is a premium domain reserved by the .co registry.
MicroPak.com $3,000 – MicroPak Ltd, a Hong Kong packaging company that uses MicropakLtd.com for its web address.
BestLegalHighs.com $748 – the name says it all. Apparently the store is sold out and closed for a couple weeks.
TrinityLaw.com $1,500 – Menges McLaughlin, a law firm that already owns the descriptive domain name YourLawFirmForLife.com.
SGTec.com $3,000 – SG Magnets, manufacturer of magnetic components and assemblies. This sale was on the GoDaddy list so it was through the listing partnership.
SuperSuds.com $1,200 – SuperSuds laundromat in Long Beach.
AMK-Group.com $1,500 – Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG, a machinery and engine company.
ICANN’s Ombudsman is looking into consistency of new top level domain name objections.
Both new top level domain name applicants and objectors have been grasping for options after falling on the adverse side of panels’ decision.
ICANN seems content to sit on the sidelines and see how everything plays out.
Which is why upset parties are probably excited to see that the ICANN Ombudsman Chris LaHatte is mulling over the issue. LaHatte previously weighed in on the issue of late objections, offering his determination of what would be fair.
Now he’s trying to collect more information and facts from affected parties. You can read more here.
Bob and Renee Parsons pledge over half of their wealth to charitable causes.
GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and his wife Renee Parsons have joined The Giving Pledge, an initiative in which wealthy people pledge to give half or more of their wealth to charity.
Parsons’ net worth is estimated at over $1 billion.
The couple has already made a number of seven figure donations, including to veteran causes. For example, he gave $1 million to establish The Bob Parsons Veterans Center at the University of Baltimore. Parsons is a Vietnam veteran and attended the University of Baltimore on the G.I. Bill after returning from Vietnam.
You can read about some of the work of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation on its website.
New verification requirement is bound to ensnare some notable websites.
ICANN’s 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement is slowly going into effect at major domain name registrars.
The biggest change that people who register domain names will notice is whois verification.
Starting January 1, when you register a domain name, you will have to verify your contact details with the registrar. Most registrars will send a verification email to you with simple verification instructions.
The domain name registration will be suspended if you fail to respond with 15 days. Practically speaking, this means your domain name registrar is likely to change the nameservers on your domain name to point it to a warning page, similar to what happens when a domain expires.
If a newly registered domain name is suspended, it’s no big deal. It’s unlikely to receive much traffic yet, anyway.
But the new RAA also requires verification if you change the name or email address of the registrant. That’s where things get tricky.
After reading the relevant sections of the RAA and speaking to a few knowledgeable people in the industry, it sounds like how the update verification and suspension will be handled is open to some interpretation.
eNom sent a notice to its resellers today informing them of how it will handle changes to the registrant. If the first or last name or email address changes, eNom will send a verification email. If the domain owner fails to click a link in the email within 15 days, the domain will be suspended and the nameservers changed.
It’s not hard to see where this is headed.
At some point in the not-to-distant future, a fairly big website is going to go down due to lack of Whois verification. A company will make a small change to the contact information but fail to verify it. Perhaps the verification email gets flagged as spam. Or an IT admin thinks its a phishing scheme. Or an intellectual property manager at a big company makes the change, then goes on vacation before receiving the verification email.
It’s bound to happen, and a lot of people are going to scream and point fingers when it does.