ICDR panels deny first 12 string confusion objections.
The International Centre for Dispute Resolution has issued its first 12 decisions regarding string confusion objections for new top level domain names.
All 12 objections were denied.
The denied objections were:
Universal Postal Union vs. Deutsche Post AG for .epost
The UPU operates the .post top level domain name.
Verisign vs. Google for .new
Verisign vs. NEC for .NEC
Verisign vs. Donuts for .Vet
Verisign vs. Google for .pet
Verisign has the contract to run the .net top level domain name.
Google vs. Donuts for .cars
Google applied for .car.
Hotel Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l for .hotels
The objector applied for .hotel.
Neustar vs. Google for .gbiz
Neustar runs the .biz top level domain.
Verisign vs. TV Sundram Iyengar & Sons Limited for .tvs
Verisign vs. ITV Services Limited for .itv
Verisign runs the .tv country code top level domain name.
Merck & Co Inc vs. Merck KGaA for .emerck
The objector applied for .merck.
Montenegro vs. Google for .meme
Montenegro’s country code domain is .me.
These results should not come as a surprise given the string similarity reviews already undertaken at ICANN. Although those tests were just for visual similarity, they set the tone for formal string confusion objections.
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