Utah company files trademark application for .vote.
Will .vote be among the applications for new top level domain names filed later this year?
A Utah company filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last Friday for .vote for “Domain name registration services”.
[Update: this is a refiling of .vote. The USPTO refused an earlier application by the company.]
The applicant is Pack Holdings, LLC, a company that has scarce record on the internet. However, another company that pops up in a Google search for the Utah address is a political consulting firm. The group does “get out the vote” calls, fundraising, volunteer training, etc.
It’s not entirely clear if this is the same applicant and there is a non-profit that was registered at the same address.
I could see how this could be used for a number of political purposes. But the big winner will be the owners of vote.com.