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Webnames.ca Launches Trademark Clearinghouse Validation Process for Trademark Holders

On March 26, 2013, Webnames.ca¬† implemented a Trademark Clearinghouse validation page for all Trademark holders. This is in anticipation of the release of new generic top level domains (gTLDs). What is the Trademark Clearinghouse? The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is a database of trademarks established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in…

Domain Name News – March 4, 2013

ICANN Publishes New gTLD Program Contention Sets – ICANN has completed the contention sets for the New gTLD Program. A contention set is a group of two or more gTLD applications containing identical or visually similar gTLD strings. In addition to 230 exact match contention sets, ICANN has published two non-exact match contention sets in…

New gTLD Highlight: What is .BUSINESS?

Webnames.ca is now accepting pre-registrations for upcoming new generic Top Level Domain Names (like .web, .hotel, .blog, .home, .tech etc.) and we’re getting a lot of great feedback from our customers! These new extensions are a huge opportunity for businesses and individuals. Think of the possibilities! You can be creative (YourNameAt.home), you can be industry…

First Internationalized Domain Applications Pass Critical Stage

ICANN has approved the first four internationalized top-level domain names (IDNs) for Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In a statement released yesterday, ICANN president and CEO Rod Beckstrom called it “a pivotal moment in the history of Internet domain names.” Why exactly is the support of internationalized top-level domain names so significant? For starters, the exclusivity…

Good News For Trademark Holders

As most trandemark owners know, it can be costly to defensively register domains for all of your trademarks, especially considering the fact that for some types of businesses, pharmaceutical companies for example, this can mean hundreds of domains. With the imminent introduction of new TLD’s, ICANN is considering introducing a trademark database.  It’s already quite costly if you’re…

ICANN Posts gTLD Video Update

ICANN has posted video updates on the Applicant Guidebook and New gTLD Process http://www.icann.org/video/. CEO Paul Twomey, COO Doug Brent and Sr. VP Kurt Pritz talk about the status of the process for introducing new generic top-level domains. They also summarize comments received in the1st round of public comment on the Applicant Guidebook and what…

ICANN Publishes 2008 Annual Report

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has published their 2008 Annual Report. The report details ICANN’s achievements in 2008. Highlights include their three 2008 major initiatives: 1.  Process for introducing new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to the Internet; 2.  Introduction of internationalized domain names (IDNs); and 3.  Extensive consultations on Improving Institutional…