Tag Archives: gTLD

New Generic Top Level Domains and the Trademark Clearinghouse – What You Need Know / What You Need to Do

By Neil Melliship

As readers of our newsletter will know from our June 2011 edition, the world is entering into a period of great change in the internet domain name space.

Approximately 1,400 new generic (and not so generic) top level domains (“gTLDs”) will soon be coming online. For trademark owners, this will create potential new opportunities for increasing the scope of their internet presence. However, it will also almost inevitably lead to increased costs and headaches for brand owners in terms of protecting their valuable brands online.

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The Big Reveal – ICANN Announces List of new gTLD applicants and applications

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) posted the list of new gTLD applicants and applications today.  ICANN received a total of 1,930 new gTLD applications.

Many companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Wal-Mart filed applications.  Among the Canadian applicants are Rogers (for .FIDO and .CHATR), Shaw Cablesystems (for Shaw) and the registrar Tucows (for .GROUP, .MARKETING, .MEDIA and .ONLINE).

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