.Shop applicant Commercial Connect is the big loser in the latest batch of String Confusion Objections.
After a long drought, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) has posted an updated list of String Confusion Objection decisions.
Today’s list includes nine more determinations, all found in favor of the applicant for the domains.
First, Verisign lost its objection to Donuts’ application for .network. Verisign argued that it was too similar to .net.
The other eight decisions all involved Commercial Connect. It lost all eight cases in which it argued the strings were too similar to .shop:
string (translation), applicant
.商城 (mall), Zodiac Capricorn
shopconsumer electronics), Amazon (note that this is incorrectly noted in dispute announcement as an objection to .shop)
.网店 (online store), Zodiac Libra
.セール (sale), Amazon
.بازار (bizaar or market), CORE Association
.store, Dot Store Group LLC
.forsale, DERForsale, LLC
Panelist Robert Nau, who made the controversial determination in favor of Commercial Connect that .通販 (roughly translates to “Online Shopping” in Japanese) is too similar to .shop, was not among the panelists in today’s batch of decisions.
It’s still unclear why it took ICDR so long to publish these decisions. The panelists signed dates on the decisions ranging from August 12 to September 5.