Only four string confusion objections have not been decided.
The contentious and highly unpredictable string confusion objection process for new top level domain names is coming to a close.
International Centre for Dispute Resolution posted three more decisions today, leaving just four decisions outstanding.
The three decisions all involved mega-applicant Donuts.
Commercial Connect brought and lost two of the cases. The company claimed that .supplies and .商店 were too similar to its application for .shop. Panelist Lawrence Newman noted that neither string was visually similar to .shop. .商店 is in a completely different script and .supplies has two syllables while .shop has one (although I’d say the latter is an aural similarity, not visual). He also found little or no chance of aural confusion nor confusion over the meaning.
The other case was brought by Asiamix Digital Ltd. Asiamix applied for .fans and objected to Donuts’ application for .fan. The two parties settled the objection. Neither party has withdrawn its application, so it’s not clear what the agreement entailed.