Vox Populi wants trademark for .Sucks

Controversial new top level domain name registry wants to trademark “.sucks”.

.SucksVox 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 with this application.

Vox Populi also recently applied for a trademark for “How Do You Really Feel?”

Scripps Networks Interactive, through its top level domain name company Lifestyle Domain Holdings, recently applied for three trademarks related to its new top level domains: Living, Lifesytle and Vana.

3 “New” Risks to Verisign’s Business

Company includes additional risks in its most recent quarterly filing.

.Com registry Verisign released its earnings and filed its quarterly report with the SEC yesterday.

Using Intelligize, I compared Q2’s SEC report to Q1 to look for changes. I found three interesting risk factors added to the most recent report. Some of these aren’t new risk factors, but they weren’t disclosed in the Q1 report.

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Are IDN .com owners about to get screwed?

Verisign finds way to sign ICANN contract, but it might come at the expense of IDN investors.

[Update: see comment from Verisign at end.]

It’s been a long, long wait for owners of internationalized domain names under .com.

The idea was that they’d get rights to IDN.IDN-as-transliteration domain names to match their IDN.com names when they came out. So they registered IDN.com domain names and held on to them for a decade, waiting for their investment to pay off.

Given that the IDN-as-transliteration sounds like “com”, it will create a lot of confusion if two different parties owned IDN.com and IDN.IDN-as-transliteration.

Verisign ran into a bit of trouble executing this plan when it came to contracting with ICANN. Registries can’t hold back a bunch of domains in perpetuity, as ICM Registry discovered.

On yesterday’s Q2 conference call, Verisign CEO James Bidzos announced: Click to continue reading…

Verisign to hike .Net prices 10%

Domain registration bills increasing.

Verisign announced that it is raising its wholesale price for .net domain names in February.

The current fee is $6.79, and this will jump 10% to $7.46 effective Feb. 1, 2016.

Verisign is able to increase the price of .net domain names annually. A 2012 contract extension for .com domains keeps that price fixed at $7.85 for the duration of the contract. Click here to continue reading…

Patent troll applies for domain name management patent

Intellectual Ventures wants patent related to managing domain names and web hosting.

Some big companies in the domain name space have lots of patents. Despite threats, no major players have tried to extract money out of their competitors.

But registrars should be concerned about a recent patent application because of the company behind it: Intellectual Ventures. Through its company III Holdings 1, LLC, the company has applied for a patent for “System and Method for Domain Management and Migration”.

The application (pdf) describes two types of systems: Click here to continue reading…