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If you received an e-mail from a Chinese company stating that another company has inquired about registering your brand in country code domains like .CN, .TW, or .HK, — YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  We have received many calls from customers who are concerned about these types of e-mails because thy often find their way to an executive’s inbox. “Selling fear” is a common tactic used by these dubious companies.  In fact, even registrars are not immune to these deceptive e-mails.  Safenames just received the following e-mail:

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Dear Manager,

(If you are not in charge of this please transfer this email to your President or appropriate person, thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On June 27, 2011, we received an application from Hanxing company requested “safenames” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

Kind regards,

Bruce Cheng

Bruce Cheng

Registration Department Manager 

Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road, 
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China

Tel: +86 216191 8696 Mobile: +86 182219 51605 Fax: +86 216191 8697

Web: www.yiguangov.org
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What Should I Do If I receive a this email or a similar one? 

First, do not panic.  Second, do not contact the registrar sending the e-mail.  Another company is not actually “applying” to register a domain name with your brand.  Cyber squatting is a common practice in the .CN, .HK, and .TW top-level domains.   Domains are registered at the time they are ordered; there is no application period.  Unlike the Sunrise Period of a newly launched TLD, there is no approval process to give trademark holders a chance for a domain that has been ordered. 

Is There Anything Positive about These E-mails?

Yes, this e-mail is an excellent reminder to protect your online brand(s) and review your company’s domain registration practices.  You should contact your Safenames account manager to review your global domain name strategy and decide if registering additional country code domains would allow you to improve the marketing of your products and services regionally and protect your global web traffic.    

If you would like to discuss a global domain strategy, you may contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and emeasales@safenames.net, or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and nasales@safenames.net.

The Trademark Sunrise phase (Phase 1) is now underway for a new domain extension (COM.DE) for Germany. Now through 5:00 p.m. CEST July 22, 2011, applicants who can demonstrate ownership of a trademark or a commercial company name that is registered with a German Commercial Register and is identical to the desired domain name may apply. If more than one Applicant meets the requirements for this policy for a given domain name, the allocation of that domain name will be determined by auction in which case, only the Applicants who are qualified under the present policy will be allowed to participate in the auction. This extension has no local presence requirements. Additionally, the registry will not withhold any premium names, or one-character or two-character domains from being registered.

The Sunrise Fee is $575 and includes the sunrise application fee, the trademark validation fee and a one-year registration fee. Renewals for COM.DE domains will include a $25 NIC Fee plus your contracted admin fee.

There will be subsequent registration phases for non-trademark holders.

Phase 2: Landrush (5:00 p.m. CEST July 25, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. CEST August 26, 2011)
The Landrush is open to anyone wishing to register a .COM.DE domain name where that domain name was not previously registered or applied for during the Sunrise Process, or excluded by the Registry. If two or more Applicants submit an Application during this phase for an identical domain name, the allocation of the domain name will be determined by auction in which case, only the Applicants who are qualified under the present policy will be allowed to participate in the auction.

Phase 3: .DE Registrant Promotion (5:00 p.m. CEST August 30, 2011 – 5:00 p.m. CEST September 23, 2011)
The .DE Registrant Promotion is open to all registrants of a .de domain wishing to secure the same name under .com.de where that Domain Name was not previously registered or applied for during the Sunrise or Landrush Processes, or excluded by the Registry. Only domains that exactly match the .de equivalent and have the same registrant will be registered in the Registry at the end of this period.

Phase 4: General Availability (from 5:00 p.m. CEST September 26, 2011)
.COM.DE domains will become available to anyone through participating registrars or their resellers. Domains that were previously registered or applied for during the Sunrise, Landrush period or .DE Registrant promotion, or excluded by the Registry will be excluded .COM.DE domains are available to the public based on the chronological order of registrations on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions about the COM.DE Sunrise or would like to check the availability of a COM.DE name, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and emeasales@safenames.net, or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and nasales@safenames.net.

As expected, the ICANN board approved new gTLDs at the ICANN’s 41st global meeting currently taking place in Singapore.   This means that the naming space on the Internet will significantly increase in late 2012 or early 2013, although no one really knows how many applications will be submitted for new TLDs or how many ICANN will approve.  The current estimates are in the 300-500 range for approved TLD strings.  

The new domain extensions will include geo domains (.NYC, .PARIS), application based domains (.BANK, .SSL), special interest domains (.ECO, .FOOD) and brand domains (.CANON, .DELOITTE).  ICANN is sponsoring a four month communication period in the second half of 2011 to create awareness, followed by the application acceptance period scheduled to open on January 12, 2012 and close on April 12, 2012.   An approval period will follow in order to review all applicants and to address any gTLD strings that are sought after by more than one party.  The results of the applications will be published in November of 2012.  Safenames projects that we will see new TLDs approved and available for registration in 1Q 2013.

Safenames will be hosting a Webinar on new gTLDs on June 29th to advise you on how you can apply for your own TLD and how Safenames can help you prepare your brand(s) for the new domain choices that will be available .  Details on how to register for this event will be available shortly.

If you have any questions regarding new gTLDs and the ICANN application process, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and emeasales@safenames.net, or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and nasales@safenames.net.

Just a little less than one year since .CO domains became available to the general public, the 1 millionth .CO domain name was registered.  It is no surprise that the .CO registrations remain on the rise.  While the domain officially is a ccTLD for Colombia, this extension continues to be marketed as a generic domain and as a direct competitor to .COM — with plenty of available name space. 

While there has been some speculative buying, the successful adoption of .CO in the corporate space has been demonstrated by the extensive marketing that Overstock has put behind O.CO.   Additionally the name space has found success as a URL shortener and as Brand Protection name space. It has even received some traction among start ups companies who want a specific brand, who think that behavior among Internet users will continue to evolve and who think that .COM will not always be the default extension for an online web address.

 Top 5 Locations of .CO Registrants

  1. US
  2. UK
  3. Colombia
  4. Canada
  5. Australia

 If you have any questions regarding .CO domains, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and emeasales@safenames.net, or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and nasales@safenames.net.

Timing is running out.  There is just one week left, if you are interested in submitting a request to register one of the 2,640 remaining 2 character or other premium .UK domains.  This is an opportunity to get two-character or other premium CO.UK, NET.UK and ORG.UK domains.  During the Land Rush period, if you are the only bidder for the names, it will be immediately awarded to you.  For names that have more than one expression of interest, they will be auctioned and awarded to the highest bidder.   Auctions will begin on July 20th, 2011 and Safenames will manage the auction process for you.  Domains that have not received any bids in the Land Rush Period will be released and made available to register by anyone on June 27th on a first come, first served basis.

There is a non-refundable fee of $100 to place a registration request and to have Safenames manage the auction for you.  You will be required to pay the final auction price plus the applicable registration fee, if you are the auction winner.

If you have any questions about the .UK  Reserved Name Land Rush or would like to check the availability of a .UK name, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and emeasales@safenames.net, or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and nasales@safenames.net.

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