Domain name – At Card Loan http://atcardloan.com/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 16:35:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://atcardloan.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/atcard.png Domain name – At Card Loan http://atcardloan.com/ 32 32 Unstoppable Domains launches blockchain brand campaign in Canada – Domain Name Wire https://atcardloan.com/unstoppable-domains-launches-blockchain-brand-campaign-in-canada-domain-name-wire/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 14:53:42 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/unstoppable-domains-launches-blockchain-brand-campaign-in-canada-domain-name-wire/ The company wants to mark terms like blockchain and crypto for domain name registration. Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers alt-root domain names based on blockchain technology, has filed 21 trademark applications in Canada covering its top-level domains and the Unstoppable brand. The company also recently registered a U.S. trademark for the term blockchain, claiming […]]]>

The company wants to mark terms like blockchain and crypto for domain name registration.

Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers alt-root domain names based on blockchain technology, has filed 21 trademark applications in Canada covering its top-level domains and the Unstoppable brand. The company also recently registered a U.S. trademark for the term blockchain, claiming priority over its Canadian trademark application. The applications cover domain registration services.

The company has previously tried to register terms such as crypto, doge, nft, and blockchain, as well as each version preceded by a period, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But the USPTO does not grant marks for words that function as top-level domains.

Unstoppable’s Canadian brand filings last month include 888, bitcoin, blockchain, coin, crypto, dao, nft, wallet, x, zil, as well as each of them with a dot in front of them. She also filed a trade mark application for unstoppable.

I can think of two reasons why Unstoppable Domains files these marks. First, he wants to prevent other companies from creating alt-root domains that match his own. Alt-root domains that operate outside of the primary DNS are unregulated, so there’s nothing stopping another company from starting a domain that ends with one of these extensions that Unstoppable is developing.

Second, it may be part of a futile effort to prevent other companies from requesting these terms in “real” top-level domains in the future. Companies have tried to anticipate conditions ahead of the next round of TLD expansion in 2012. The effort failed.

The reality is that many companies will likely request some of these same conditions during ICANN’s next expansion cycle. They will sell a lot of money. Once these go into the real root, it will create name collisions with the alt-root domains that Unstoppable has created.

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Why I bought a blatant branded domain name https://atcardloan.com/why-i-bought-a-blatant-branded-domain-name/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:28:52 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/why-i-bought-a-blatant-branded-domain-name/ Over the weekend, while looking at a Dropping.pro list of domain names for auction that day, I saw a domain name that I found remarkable. It is the unique name of a popular beer in the .com extension. The domain name had been registered for many years before it expired and ceased to exist. I’m […]]]>

Over the weekend, while looking at a Dropping.pro list of domain names for auction that day, I saw a domain name that I found remarkable. It is the unique name of a popular beer in the .com extension. The domain name had been registered for many years before it expired and ceased to exist. I’m pretty sure the name of the beer is a hallmark of the brewery.

I ordered the domain name out of stock and won. I am now the owner of this branded domain name.

You are probably wondering why I bought the domain name and what am I going to do with the domain name. I will share a story and explain.

Several years ago before my brother got married, he organized a bachelor party near the brewery that makes this well-known beer. I planned the bachelor party and wanted to make the brewery part of the weekend somehow. Unfortunately, I learned that the brewery does not offer tours. I contacted the owner to see if I could organize something small for my brother and his friends. Nope. Later I asked if I could invite him as a special guest to a dinner at the best restaurant in the area. Nope. Finally, I asked him if I could put him up for an hour in the house I had rented so that he could talk about his beer in exchange for a donation to an association of his choice. Another swing and a dud.

After my last request he mentioned that if we stopped by the brewery shortly after closing for the day he would give my brother and friends a short private tour. My brother and some of his friends really love beer and he treated us like long time family friends. He answered a bunch of questions about his brewery and beers, and he chatted with the guys who were very knowledgeable about beer. It was neat to see these guys talking about beer in a place that was one of the best destinations for beer lovers.

This brings us to the present day. I saw the domain name and knew I was going to do what I could to secure it. I wasn’t sure if the brewery and its owner would want the domain name but figured I would do my best to get it back and give it to him for free. He went out of his way that day to treat us like family friends, and I wanted to do the same for him.

After securing the domain name, I contacted him via email to let him know that this domain name had been abandoned and got it for him – no strings attached. I told him that I could send him the transfer code when I can and that I will forward the domain name to his website in the meantime. I also told him that if he wasn’t interested in having it, that wouldn’t be a big deal either and I would drop him on the exhale. I wouldn’t want to give him an unnecessary “gift” that costs him $ 20 / year to renew.

He answered me the next day and was very grateful. He did not follow the domain name and would like to have it. He offered me beer as a thank you, which I found super nice. I declined his offer because I bought the domain name as a token of appreciation for the way he treated us a few years ago, and I felt like accepting his offer would void what I said about the fact that there was no condition.

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Decentraweb leads the era of unauthorized domain name registration https://atcardloan.com/decentraweb-leads-the-era-of-unauthorized-domain-name-registration/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:45:23 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/decentraweb-leads-the-era-of-unauthorized-domain-name-registration/ Kalamaja, Tallinn, Estonia (Accesswire, November 5, 2021) The management of Decentraweb is pleased to invite the general public to participate in the unauthorized registration of domain names. There have been changes to the Internet that would have been considered unfathomable about a decade ago. But thanks to the relatively new but continued integration of blockchain […]]]>

Kalamaja, Tallinn, Estonia (Accesswire, November 5, 2021) The management of Decentraweb is pleased to invite the general public to participate in the unauthorized registration of domain names.

There have been changes to the Internet that would have been considered unfathomable about a decade ago. But thanks to the relatively new but continued integration of blockchain technology into the architecture of the internet, suddenly everything seemed so achievable. And Decentraweb is on the verge of reaching the “before unfathomable” with its new solution and new structure.

Decentraweb is one of the few companies that has a plan to decentralize the Internet, albeit starting at the Domain Name System (DNS) layer, top level domains (TLDs). Previously, issuance of domain names was under the sole supervision and control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN. But the framework was filled with many complexities, somewhat secretive regulations and modus operandi, unfair policies and very costly.

(A casual glance at the Decentraweb homepage)

Potential TLD buyers were required to submit their application with approximately $ 200,000. And that didn’t guarantee his show. Worse, if two buyers wanted the same TLD, the auction would be held with a price that could climb up to twice the initial application fee.

Simplify the complexities of issuing TLDs

The majority of non-adopters of blockchain technology find it quite complex and believe that it can affect the product into which it has been incorporated. Decentraweb, however, has been able to integrate blockchain technology into the Internet’s DNS layer while keeping it all lightweight.

The result of interleaving blockchain with DNS is decentralized, more secure, unauthorized, scalable, permanent, and easily transferable custom TLDs. These features are possible because each custom TLD is built on top of the Ethereum ecosystem, which is one of the most interactive and widely used today.

Unlike the annual renewal fee of $ 25,000 for top-level domains charged by ICANN, renewal with Decentraweb is only 0.4% of ICANN’s. This is in addition to the benefit of having a custom TLD created as an ERC-721 non-fungible token (NFT) that can be traded in any Ethereum-based marketplace like OpenSea.

Who is invited?

1. Companies and businesses

Custom TLDs for businesses and corporations can add to the overall positive perception of the establishment by its customers. Instead of sticking to the generic .com, .org, or .net, companies can use their company name. As long as it has not been registered before. Possible custom TLDs for businesses include .microsoft and .amazon.

2. Individuals

Individuals can purchase and register their names or a preferred keyword as a TLD. After which, they can choose to rent it for subdomains. This is especially useful for professionals whose names are already considered subdomains and are struggling to get a personal website. They can request a custom TLD, thereby unlocking a previously locked opportunity cache.

The invitation is not limited to the courses mentioned above. All those who dream of the future that Decentraweb is trying to build are invited. And those who yearn for a decentralized web, privacy enthusiasts and freedom seekers.

How to start

Decentraweb has made the processes associated with registering custom domains easy and unauthorized, with an intuitive and interactive interface to guide users who are not yet crypto savvy.

  1. Search for the keyword or custom TLD name you want for availability.
  2. Choose the desired duration of the registration period and pay what is displayed. Users benefit from a 50% discount when paying in DWEB tokens (native token of Decentraweb).
  3. After that, users receive the custom TLD created in the wallet of their choice.
  4. They can choose to keep them when its valuation increases, to use them or to trade them. Alternatively, the owners of these new TLDs can decide to sell or lease the subdomains of these TLDs. The choice is entirely up to the user and is not influenced by Decentraweb.

About Decentraweb

Decentraweb is a TLD issuance platform whose framework and substructure are built around NFT and DNS. Developed on the Ethereum network, Decentraweb rewards users for purchasing, staking and trading their coin TLDs. The platform is user-friendly, intuitive and interactive; aimed at crypto and non-crypto enthusiasts.

They seek to provide inexpensive, secure, personalized, scalable, permanent but transferable TLDs to their users. Decentraweb is backed by a team of experts who are industry leaders in their respective fields; one of which is a former GoDaddy CTO.

Media contact

Website: https://decentraweb.org/#
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: Kalamaja, Tallinn, Estonia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/decentra_web
Telegram: https://t.me/decentraweb
Discord: https://discord.gg/pA3HUnZgVx

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It’s About To Be Easier To Challenge Trademarks – Domain Name Wire https://atcardloan.com/its-about-to-be-easier-to-challenge-trademarks-domain-name-wire/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 14:05:19 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/its-about-to-be-easier-to-challenge-trademarks-domain-name-wire/ New rules should help clean up bad brands. There are many questionable trademarks. Sometimes a business rigs the dates of first use. Other times, they submit specimens of questionable use. And on occasion, people register fraudulent marks. I’ve written about questionable brand requests and people using brands to manage new top level domains. Thanks to […]]]>

New rules should help clean up bad brands.

There are many questionable trademarks. Sometimes a business rigs the dates of first use. Other times, they submit specimens of questionable use. And on occasion, people register fraudulent marks. I’ve written about questionable brand requests and people using brands to manage new top level domains.

Thanks to the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020, it is about to be easier to challenge granted marks.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office summarizes the issue addressed by the law:

In order to have a well-functioning trademark system, the trademark registry must accurately reflect the trademarks currently in use… When the registry includes trademarks that are not currently in use, it is more difficult for legitimate businesses to erase and to register their own trademarks. Identifier. It has become apparent in recent years that registrations are obtained and maintained for trademarks which are not properly used in commerce... In addition, this “congestion” has concrete consequences when the availability of brands is exhausted …

The House report also noted that “[a] The recent increase in fraudulent trademark applications has put a strain on the accuracy of the federal register. Although trademark applications go through a review process, some of these forms of fraud are difficult to detect in individual applications (although patterns of fraud can be observed in multiple applications), leading to registrations. illegitimate. While the USPTO may try to develop better systems to detect fraud during the review process, its power to reconsider post-registration applications is currently limited.

There will now be two mechanisms for contesting trademarks which should be easier and less expensive than current challenges. The USPTO summarizes them in the publication of final regulations:

The two new ex parte procedures created by the TMA, one for expungement and the other for reconsideration, provide for new mechanisms to remove a registered trademark from the trademark register or cancel the registration of certain products and / or services. , when the declarant has not used the mark in trade by the relevant date required by law. In expungement proceedings, the USPTO must determine whether the evidence on the record supports a conclusion that the registered mark has never been used in commerce on or in connection with some or all of the goods and / or services mentioned in the registration. In a review proceeding, the USPTO must determine whether the evidence on the record supports a conclusion that the mark registered under section 1 of the Act was not used in commerce on or in connection with some or all of the products and / or services on the date of filing of the application or of the modification alleging use, or before the deadline for filing a declaration of use, as the case may be. If the USPTO determines that the required use was not made for the goods or services at issue in the proceeding and that determination is not overturned on review, the registration will be revoked in whole or in part. , depending on the case.

These simpler mechanisms could help reduce bad faith UDRP filings. A domain name owner now has an easier way to challenge a mark used as the basis for a UDRP, which can give complainants a break before filing a complaint with a potentially challenged mark.

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New Australian domain name – Lexology https://atcardloan.com/new-australian-domain-name-lexology/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:42:23 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/new-australian-domain-name-lexology/ A new Australian domain name, .to will be available from March 24, 2022. Australian individuals, businesses and organizations will be able to register their existing and new domain names in the .to domain namespace (for example, newname.au). Calling on the abbreviated word tradition in Australia, .to is intended to create shorter, more memorable names that […]]]>

A new Australian domain name, .to will be available from March 24, 2022. Australian individuals, businesses and organizations will be able to register their existing and new domain names in the .to domain namespace (for example, newname.au). Calling on the abbreviated word tradition in Australia, .to is intended to create shorter, more memorable names that are easier to grasp and market.

  • New .to domain names that not already match an existing Australian domain name will be available to register from March 24, 2022.
  • Owners of existing Australian domain names who wish to own the .to equivalent must submit a request during the priority claim period from March 24, 2022 to September 24, 2022 under penalty of .to domain name being registered by another.

Who is eligible to own a .to domain name?

Any person, company or organization can register a .to domain name provided they have an Australian presence.

An Australian presence means being one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • An individual trader, partnership, corporation, incorporated association or trust with a current ABN or ACN.
  • An organization that is registrable with an ARBN, an Indigenous company, a registered organization, an Australian cooperative, an Australian registered charity, an Australian political party or an unincorporated association in company.
  • Australian educational institution, Australian government or Commonwealth entity.
  • A foreign company with an Australian trademark application or registration, provided that the domain name exactly matches the words of that trademark.

Does the domain name have to be related to my business product or service?

There is no requirement for a .to domain name to have a connection with the business, product or service of an owner. Any name can be registered as long as it is available, meets syntax requirements, and does not appear on the list of reserved names. Unlike other Australian domain names which are intended for specific use, such as .com.au for commercial entities and .org.au for non-profit entities, the new .to the domain name space does not have such allocation requirements.

What is the time limit for claiming priority?

From March 24, 2022 to September 24, 2022, all existing Australian domain names will be reserved for a period of six months.

Meanwhile, owners of existing domain names can submit a priority request if they wish to own the new one. .to that matches their existing domain name. For example, the owner of newname.com.au must submit a priority request for newname.au if they wish to register this new domain name.

There is no obligation for existing domain name owners to request priority, but if they do not, they will be made available to the public on a first come, first served basis on the 25th. September 2022.

What if there are competing priority claims?

There will be cases where owners of the same domain name, registered in different Australian domain namespaces, will request priority for the same .to domain name. For example:

  • Harry owns com.au, which was registered on June 22, 2010.
  • Jack owns net.au, which was registered on October 8, 2012.
  • Sébastien owns org.au, which was registered on May 5, 2020.

All of the above owners are eligible to apply for a priority claim at newname.au.

These owners will be divided into two categories:

  • Priority category 1 Domain names created no later than February 4, 2018
  • Priority category 2 Domain names created after February 4, 2018

Category 1 applicants have priority over category 2 applicants.

When there are only category 2 candidates, the name is assigned to the candidate with the oldest creation date.

When there are more than one Category 1 candidate, the .to the domain name will be allocated after agreement / negotiation between the category 1 candidates.

In the examples above, Sebastian’s claim is overtaken by Harry and Jack, who must negotiate who will own the domain name.

If Harry and Jack cannot agree on who owns the domain name, then newname.au will remain reserved indefinitely, provided that Harry and Jack renew their priority claim requests on an annual basis.

What can you do now to be ready for March 24, 2022?

Now is the time to consider:

  • Which of your existing domain names would you like to register in the .to domain name space?
  • Are there any new domain names that you would like to register in the .to domain name space?
  • If you intend to request priority, verify that your existing Australian domain name meets the eligibility criteria for that existing Australian domain name. Your eligibility for your existing Australian domain name will be verified when you apply.
  • Make sure you know the domain name password for your existing Australian domain name, which will be required for your request to be accepted.
  • Make sure that the registrant information associated with your existing Australian domain name is up to date, as you will not be able to change it while your app is active.

Making a priority claim request will incur a fee, which will vary by registrar. As a Melbourne IT reseller, Davies Collison Cave can submit applications for new .to domain names and priority requests on your behalf.

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Airbnb lost the web domain name for not updating it https://atcardloan.com/airbnb-lost-the-web-domain-name-for-not-updating-it/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 20:30:00 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/airbnb-lost-the-web-domain-name-for-not-updating-it/ This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. We will not stop stressing the importance of having our to-do in order so as not to have problems with deadlines. Maybe the Airbnb The hosting platform will learn the lesson, because due to an oversight, the […]]]>

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

We will not stop stressing the importance of having our to-do in order so as not to have problems with deadlines. Maybe the Airbnb The hosting platform will learn the lesson, because due to an oversight, the company did not update the information of one of its web domains, and now it has lost it permanently.

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It all started in 2017, when Airbnb buy it Tilting platform, a mobile payment startup that was originally called Crowdtilt . With the acquisition, the hosting application also became the owner of the Tilt.com and Crowdtilt.com web domains.

In 2021, the rights to Crowdtilt.com domain has expired, so Airbnb sold it to an unknown buyer for more than $ 17,000 (approximately Mexican pesos 340,000). Since Crowdtilt was a famous tech startup in its early days, the domain had significant SEO value i.e. it had a high reputation in web searches.

The anonymous buyer realized that Airbnb had not updated Tilt.com registration information after the acquisition of the company. Also, when purchasing the Crowtilt.com domain, that person had access to the email address’ tech@crowdtilt.com ‘and other data that allowed him to take control of Tilt.com without authorization.

Airbnb took legal action to recover the stolen domain

Last July, the opportunist attempted to sell the Tilt.com Addressed to James booth , a major investor in domain names. The deal has been completed, and now the law firm that manages the Escrow.Domain silver owns the domain that previously belonged to Airbnb .

Since then, the hosting app has been struggling to get the domain back, but they couldn’t find an agreement with the law firm, according to Domain name thread. In September, the platform filed a lawsuit against the law firm of UDRP, the legal body that handles cybersquatting cases at the Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers.

Ultimately, the UDRP said it was not qualified to deal with theft cases, so Airbnb has lost the lawsuit and will not take back ownership of Tilt.com , unless he comes to an agreement with the new owners.

Going back to the original point, the whole problem could have been avoided if only Airbnb had updated the information on Crowdtilt.com before selling it, or if they had renewed their rights to Tilt.com on time. Do you see how important it is to keep a calendar and schedule reminders?

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Small Business Owners – How To Register Your Domain Name https://atcardloan.com/small-business-owners-how-to-register-your-domain-name/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 17:08:54 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/small-business-owners-how-to-register-your-domain-name/ Reading time: 3 minutes If you have a business in the 21st century, having a dominant online presence is essential. However, it does take quite a bit of effort, including a fast, user-friendly, and mobile-friendly website. Before you do all of this, however, registering your domain is a process you cannot afford to skip. That […]]]>
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If you have a business in the 21st century, having a dominant online presence is essential. However, it does take quite a bit of effort, including a fast, user-friendly, and mobile-friendly website. Before you do all of this, however, registering your domain is a process you cannot afford to skip.

That being said, you might be wondering how this is done or if there are any steps you need to take when registering the domain name. Well, the good news is that registering a domain name can be done quickly and easily with just a few mouse clicks, even if you’re not particularly tech-savvy.

In this article, we’ll discuss some crucial information small businesses should know when it comes to registering their domains.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is the web address by which you or your business can be found online. If someone types your domain name into their browser’s web address, it is redirected to your website or landing page. Your business needs a unique domain name so that people can easily find you online.

What is a domain registrar?

A domain name registrar is a company that you will go through to register your company’s unique web address. There are many different companies such as GoDaddy, Namecheap, and Network Solutions. You can also use other online services to find and register your domain name in a wide range of countries and types of extensions. Whether you are building your own website from scratch through coding or using a website builder, getting a unique domain name and personalized email addresses can have a huge impact. on the success of your business.

Additionally, domain name registrars are responsible for managing your domain name on their servers after you register it. In addition to hosting your site, they also offer many different web hosting related services which will be discussed in more detail later in this article.

Benefits of using a domain name registrar

Registering your business has many advantages unique web address with a reputable domain name registrar. The biggest advantage is that it makes it much easier to build and manage your website. Other benefits include:

  • Your business looks professional
  • Your brand becomes visible and appears trustworthy
  • Serves as an online marketing tool
  • Benefit from your ranking on search engines

How to register your domain name?

As already stated above, the first step is to choose a good registrar that matches your needs and then complete the registration process. During this process, you will need to select a username and password, while providing other essential information about your site / business.

You can then check if the domain name you want is available. If your first choice is not available, then you will have to look for alternatives. For example, instead of using a .com domain name, you may want to consider other options such as a .io domain name.

From there, you’ll need to pay the registrar a small fee or an annual domain fee so that they can manage your web address on their servers.

Finally, you will need to learn how to use your domain name registrar to perform various tasks. This may include making sure to renew your domain name before it expires. If it expires, a competitor or someone else can take advantage.

Domain registration and website hosting

Once you have registered your domain name with a good registrar, they can provide you with additional services that will help you make it work properly. This is where website hosting comes in, as it is the service that keeps your site live so that others can access it at all times.

Types of web hosting:

There are two different types of web hosting: share and dedicated. With shared hosting, your website will be placed on a server with other websites and you share the same IP address. With dedicated hosting, on the other hand, there is only one website per server, so your site won’t have to compete for resources with other websites.

For most small businesses, shared hosting is the most cost effective option. Nonetheless, dedicated hosting is preferred for speed, security, support, and convenience. Apart from these, other options include the following:

  • Cloud hosting
  • Managed hosting
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS)

Domain name registration and web hosting are two different services that may be provided by a single company or may be separate entities. If you would like to know more about the differences between these services, you should contact your domain registrar for more information.

As a small business owner, registering a domain name is an essential step in getting your business online. Fortunately, this article has provided you with the necessary information you need to get started. Now you can choose a suitable domain name, choose the right registrar, choose a hosting plan, and start delivering useful content on your site.

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Australia: Launch of the new .au domain name extension https://atcardloan.com/australia-launch-of-the-new-au-domain-name-extension/ Wed, 03 Nov 2021 04:55:58 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/australia-launch-of-the-new-au-domain-name-extension/ The Australian registry recently announced that it will launch its .au domain name on March 24, 2022. This extension will allow registrants to get shorter and more precise second-level domain names, for example, mycompany.au, by opposition to the third level longer previously available. domain name extensions (like mycompany.com.au or mycompany.net.au). The pandemic has taught people […]]]>

The Australian registry recently announced that it will launch its .au domain name on March 24, 2022. This extension will allow registrants to get shorter and more precise second-level domain names, for example, mycompany.au, by opposition to the third level longer previously available. domain name extensions (like mycompany.com.au or mycompany.net.au).

The pandemic has taught people that anything can be purchased online, and from any destination as well. Online sales have most certainly increased over the past 18 months or so, and customers have appreciated the convenience and security of shopping online. It is important to secure the registration of domain names as part of a strong branding strategy to prevent third parties from obtaining domain name registration, which could confuse consumers and result in a costly transfer of a domain name to its rightful owner. .

In order to obtain a .au domain name, the applicant will need to have a local presence in Australia. Applicants who have already obtained an Australian domain name, for example a domain name <.com.au> Where <.net.au>, will have the opportunity to claim priority of their registered domain names during the first six months of the launch of .au. This is known as the priority allocation period and means that the direct .au domain name will be reserved and not available to the public for the first six months of launch to allow the current owner to secure the registration.

If customers have a local presence in Australia, we recommend that you consider registering the .au domain name extension. It is important to ensure that existing domain names are renewed in order to benefit from the Priority Allocation Period. Additionally, we recommend that customers protect their marks of interest in Australia to prevent third parties from registering .au domain names that incorporate their marks. Customers can count on their trademark protection in the event of a domain name dispute.

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The empower.com lawsuit is a doozy – Domain Name Wire https://atcardloan.com/the-empower-com-lawsuit-is-a-doozy-domain-name-wire/ Tue, 02 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/the-empower-com-lawsuit-is-a-doozy-domain-name-wire/ A large investment firm tries to secure a valuable domain registered long before its corresponding trademark exists. Earlier this year, Elliot Silver wrote of a cybersquatting lawsuit against empower.com. The judge is currently considering a motion to dismiss and this prompted me to look into the case. This case sounds the alarm bells for what […]]]>

A large investment firm tries to secure a valuable domain registered long before its corresponding trademark exists.

Earlier this year, Elliot Silver wrote of a cybersquatting lawsuit against empower.com. The judge is currently considering a motion to dismiss and this prompted me to look into the case.

This case sounds the alarm bells for what I consider the plaintiff’s ridiculous claims. Here are the facts:

  1. The owner of the domain ran a business using empower.com called Empower Geographics. He acquired the estate in 2002 at the latest.
  2. The applicants, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company and Empower Retirement, LLC, began using the Empower brand in 2014.
  3. Empower Geographics stopped using the domain in 2016 and began offering it for sale.

Although the owner of the domain acquired the domain 12 years before Empower began using his trademark, the plaintiffs argue that this is a case of cybersquatting. They throw whatever twisted arguments they can think of to explain the dates, including that the estate was renewed in bad faith.

Empower retirement argues that the domain is no longer used in good faith. Complainants are unhappy that the domain is being offered for sale and that the domain owner is using scare tactics in their approach, such as saying they are contacting competitors.

But what this deal really boils down to is the price. The plaintiffs want the domain. They can’t agree on the price. They therefore argue that the owner of the domain refuses to receive reasonable offers. He argues,

To this end, the parties have repeatedly entered into negotiations for the sale and transfer of the Empower domain to the applicants. Notwithstanding the good faith of the applicants
efforts, the defendants refused to accept reasonable offers.

Reasonable offers? And what could they be? In a motion to dismiss, attorneys for Empower Geographics, John Berryhill and David Berten, note:

The plaintiffs ask this Court to establish a “reasonable” or “fair” price that defendants should be required by law to accept, and beyond which defendants should be considered cybersquatters. Great-West Life launched this action as a cynical tactic in an obvious attempt to lower the price of an asset it covets.

This is a similar argument to a dispute over Pocketbook.com. In this case, the plaintiff PocketBook International SA argues:

For example, Pocketbook offered to buy the domain name from the defendants, but the defendants refused to come to an agreement by shamelessly offering to sell the “six-digit” domain name even though the domain name was not used. only for counterfeit and illegal purposes.

Did you refuse to agree? It seems that PocketBook International refused to agree.

Empower Retirement suggests that the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act must have been designed to apply when a domain is registered in good faith and then used in bad faith despite the language of the law. In a opposition to the motion to dismiss, the complainants write that the idea that a domain should be registered after the creation of the complainant’s mark is false:

According to the defendants’ interpretation, an owner of a domain name similar to a distinctive mark could start using the domain to redirect traffic to a competitor or engage in fraudulent “phishing” schemes, but be in the process of using the domain to redirect traffic to a competitor or engage in fraudulent “phishing” schemes. shielded from the responsibility of cybersquatting, an absurd result.

There are many laws that would deal with such a situation, including trademark law. But cybersquatting? Both sides make arguments over how APAC views registration dates.

But let’s be clear: the defendant is not using the domain to phish the plaintiff’s brands or redirect traffic to a competitor. He’s just trying to sell a business asset that he’s been using for over a decade.

The response of the owner of the domain in support of the motion for dismissal is valid read in its entirety. Here is an exerpt :

The ordinary end step of any legitimate business is the sale of its valuable assets, not just the simple abandonment of them. The defendants, given Mr. Machinis’ advanced age and lack of immortality, have the right, like any other business, to decide when to sell the binders, photocopier, paper clips and, yes, the domain name. in which years of hard work and goodwill were invested, and which was recorded at a time when words in the .com dictionary were readily available. If the defendants had operated a taxi business, it would be laughable to claim that they somehow give up legitimate title to their vehicles by parking them, putting up “for sale” signs and using a broker to sell them, instead of continuing to carry passengers. That is all the defendants have effectively done with the domain name at issue here. ACPA was not intended to grant a party, let alone a person with a junior non-exclusive claim to the arbitrary use of a dictionary word, a “springing interest” in a domain name. legitimately registered and detained. The ACPA was also not intended to upset the basic principles of trademark law embodied in decisions made under the Federal Trademark Dilution Act, which was the least specific tool in the anti-cybersquatting kit before the ACPA. “Nothing in trademark law requires that the title of domain names that incorporate trademarks or parts of trademarks be provided to trademark owners. “HQM, Ltd. vs. Hatfield, 71 F. Supp. 2d 500, 508 (D. Md. 1999) (citing Washington Speakers Bur., Inc. v. Leading Auth. Inc., 49 F. Supp. 2d 496, 498 (ED Va. 1999)). Indeed, “cyber” has been added to the concept of “squatting” property as an analogy with people physically occupying property already owned by another, and not simply staying on their own property.

The Applicant contends that this procedure involves a “campaign of several years to sow confusion”. The defendants strongly agree. The complaint details how the plaintiff, knowing full well that the domain name was registered in the defendants’ names, nonetheless launched an impressive multi-year campaign to become one of many companies calling themselves “EMPOWER”. The plaintiff has generated the confusion of which she complains, but throws it on the defendants. The plaintiffs boast of having “spent over $ 50 million annually in the United States alone to promote and advertise the EMPOWER brand” (DI 27-2), since making the reckless decision to ” adopt a trademark that he knew already registered under the name of a domain name. The defendants, which include a wholly owned geographic mapping company and its owner, simply cannot stand up to the plaintiff’s massive $ 50 million a year campaign to create confusion. The defendant is simply not engaged in such activities as decorating nationally famous sports facilities with the word “EMPOWER”. This is admitted in the complaint as being the only work of the plaintiffs for which, like the plaintiffs’ sole choice as to how to mark the branch in 2014, the defendant cannot be plausibly held responsible.

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Unprecedented “meta” domain name registrations https://atcardloan.com/unprecedented-meta-domain-name-registrations/ Tue, 02 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://atcardloan.com/unprecedented-meta-domain-name-registrations/ Thursday’s announcement that Facebook is renaming itself “Meta” has resulted in an unprecedented number of new domain name registrations. Since Friday, we have identified more than 48,000 new “meta” domain names thanks to the premium and a bespoke brand protection and cybersecurity platform designed and engineered by Crowell & Moring Senior Advisor Alexander Urbelis. Importantly, […]]]>

Thursday’s announcement that Facebook is renaming itself “Meta” has resulted in an unprecedented number of new domain name registrations. Since Friday, we have identified more than 48,000 new “meta” domain names thanks to the premium and a bespoke brand protection and cybersecurity platform designed and engineered by Crowell & Moring Senior Advisor Alexander Urbelis.

Importantly, a significant number of these newly registered domains incorporate the names of companies and organizations, or well-known brands, for example, meta-[company name].com or meta[trademark].com. Potentially used for phishing or disinformation, these domains can present cybersecurity issues and can also pose threats to brand strength. Therefore, we recommend that companies preemptively register domains with the above syntax to prevent them from falling into the hands of cybersquatters or malicious actors.

This unprecedented attack on domain name registrations also highlights the intersecting and complementary nature of brand protection and cybersecurity efforts, giving businesses the opportunity to strengthen their cybersecurity posture by protecting valuable trademark rights and empowering them. giving priority to unauthorized domain registrations en masse.

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