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September 19, 2019

The top level .AR domain names are now available for registration.

The .AR TLD is currently in a preference registration stage, meaning if you’ve registered domain names in the .com.ar, net.ar, int.ar or tur.ar TLDs, prior to 1st December 2015 you have until 9th of November 2019 to request the registration of the .AR equivalent domain names before the TLD goes into general public availability.

At the end of the preference registration stage, if only one request is received for the domain name, the domain will be registered to that applicant. If multiple applications are received, the priority to register the domain will be resolved through a raffle made by the City of Buenos Aires Lottery. Safenames will inform any customers if this is the case with their particular application(s).

With more than 500,000 registrations currently in place, we believe Argentinian domains still prove to be very popular. We would highly recommend any clients operating under com.ar, net.ar, int.ar or tur.ar proceed with the application of the equivalent .AR domain name within the preference registration stage, helping to prevent any cybersquatting whilst also enhancing user experience through the use of a shorter domain name.

Act now, contact your Safenames account manager:
UK: +44 (0)1908 200022 | US: +1.703.574.5313
and minimise the potential of brand abuse.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the UDRP), a mechanism that sets out the legal framework for resolving domain name disputes in generic top-level domains (gTLDs) (e.g., .com, .net, .org, .biz), as well as a limited number of country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) (e.g., .cc, .co, .me).

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UDRP, WIPO will be hosting a conference at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, October 21, 2019. The event will discuss relevant internet developments, UDRP jurisprudence, and look ahead to the future of the UDRP and its ability to address evolving bad faith registrations.

The event also provides an opportunity for brand owners, trademark practitioners, party counsel, academics, registrars, ccTLD administrators, and other domain name and Internet stakeholders to meet and discuss the challenges they face.

We welcome the chance to celebrate the success of the UDRP and look forward to meeting you there!


As one of the top-ranking filers of domain name disputes, Safenames specialises in all dispute resolution policies including the UDRP. Since 1999, Safenames has filed over 200 cases and recovered over 500 domain names through the UDRP alone.

Introducing AdultBlock+, the new domain name blocking service from ICM Registry – a mechanism which allows customers to block trademark labels across all four of the adult-themed TLDs – .adult .porn .sex and .xxx

AdultBlock+ Features

  • Block trademark labels across all 4 TLDs (.adult, .sex, .porn, .xxx)
  • Block premium domain names
  • Block variant Labels in your SMD File and Sunrise B .xxx names.
  • Block Unicode variant names – homographic protection in 24 languages (e.g. Bank, BÄΝΚ, ßank)

AdultBlock+ Benfits

  • Protects your brand from abuse and cybersquatting
  • Covers available names and future registrations will be automatically blocked
  • Cost effective brand protection, blocks look-alike variations similar to the trademark term
  • Saves you money – block across all four extensions at an economical price

Register your blocks today and save up to $2,250**

AdultBlock+ protects your brand in this fast-changing space

To learn more, call:
UK: +44 (0)1908 200022 | US: +1.703.574.5313
Email: [email protected]

The Chinese Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (‘CNDRP’) is an efficient procedure for resolving ‘.CN’ domain name disputes. Even though the CNDRP is based on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (‘UDRP’) model, this Policy has special regulations.

To dispute a domain name under the CNDRP, the domain name at issue has to be no older than two years. Article 2 of the CNDRP specifically states that “the Dispute Resolution Service Providers do not accept the Complaint regarding domain names with registration term[s] of over TWO years”.

This time bar is specific to the Chinese Policy and is based on the General Civil Law Rules of People’s Republic of China. However, in 2017, the time bar for general civil claims was extended from two to three years. In line with this change, the China Internet Network Information Centre (‘CNNIC’) issued an amended CNDRP for consultation.

Among those changes, the amended CNDRP proposed to extend the time bar from two to three years. Following the end of the consultation period in early June 2019, the CNNIC has now implemented these changes. As of 18th June 2019, the time bar has been raised to three years.

Brand owners are now able to file ‘.CN’ complaints for domain names which are up to three years old. However, the amended Policy makes no mention as to whether this applies to all domain names, or is only reserved for domain names registered after the changes came into effect.

If this new time bar has a retrospective effect, brand owners may be able to file complaints previously barred under the two-year time bar.

Previously, brand owners could file a complaint for domain names older than two years, if the trademark owner could prove that a change of ownership occurred within two years prior to filing the dispute. Still, this new time bar gives brand owners more flexibility for filing ‘.CN’ domain names disputes.

Brand owners can now reopen previous cases involving ‘.CN’ domain names, and reassess whether they are still barred from filing a dispute with the relevant dispute provider.

Author – Caroline Valle

On March 27, 2019, .inc launched globally. “Inc” is synonymous with business in nearly every part of the world, and .inc is offering businesses the opportunity to get a gTLD that quite literally means business. More than 20 percent of the Fortune 100 Companies and Forbes 100 World’s Most Valuable Brands have already registered .inc domains – including Amazon.inc, Facebook.inc, LinkedIn.inc, Twitter.inc, BMW.inc, Goldman.inc, Infinity.inc, Chanel.inc, and hundreds more. This gTLD is gaining traction around the world with registrations in more than 20 countries.

Early adopters are using .inc domains in many different ways – corporate sites, new ventures, investor relations pages, employee portals. Freshii, a fast casual restaurant franchise, is using Freshii.inc as its corporate site (previously ir.freshii.com). Paul Hughes, Chief Business Development Officer at Freshii says, “we are using Freshii.inc for our investor relations page because .inc means business and this is where our corporate content lives online. We can see this becoming the trend for many more public companies moving forward,”

Collab, a digital design and entertainment studio based in LA, has switched from CollabCreators.com to Collab.inc because their old URL caused customer confusion. The company was mistakenly referred to as “Collab Creators,” rather than its actual name “Collab Inc.” Dave Rosner, EVP Head of Marketing says, “for the past several years we were using the domain collabcreators.com. That led to some confusion since our company name is Collab. The domain Collab.inc solves this problem. Now our company and domain name match perfectly, at Collab, we are always on the hunt for new and better solutions, and we really prefer the shorter .inc url.”

Hundreds of businesses have purchased .inc domains over the past few months and it will be interesting to see how they choose to use them. The opportunities are endless with no restrictions on .inc domains they can be used by any individual or business and are available in the languages of over 190 countries. With extensive naming options available, .inc gives companies the opportunity to take full control of their business name and domain name without compromising on either.

Businesses can register any .inc domain, including single-letters and single-numbers, for a premium flat fee. Rather than pricing .inc at $10/year and watching many of the best names get taken immediately, .inc has priced their domain at a premium in hopes of avoiding cybersquatsers allowing businesses to register the .inc domain they want – even if that search is performed 5 or 10 years from now.

To make this domain even more compelling to businesses, .inc has partnered with popular brands like LegalZoom, 99designs, WeWork, and Delta Air Lines to include more than $2,500 worth of free member benefits with every domain. These services make .inc a unique domain ending that appeals to budding entrepreneurs and SMBs, as much as global enterprises.

Author – Intercap Registry

Five year ‘Right of Registration’ reservation period ends June 25th

26th March, OXFORD: .UK domain registrants with a third-level domain (.co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk) are today reminded that they have less than three months left to secure the shorter second level (.uk) equivalent, before it is made available to the public.

The deadline closes at 05:00 UTC on the 25th June, the end of a five year ‘Right of Registration’ period set aside by Nominet in June 2014 to allow third-level domain registrants ample time to consider whether they would like to register their second-level equivalent.  

Those with .co.uk registrations before midnight on 28 October 2013 were given five years to decide whether to register the corresponding .uk ending as well as, or instead of, their existing registration.  If a .co.uk was not registered at that time, rights would have passed to the .org.uk then the me.uk domain. Registrants can check if they have rights at www.theukdomain.uk/do-i-have-uk-rights/

After the deadline closes, all previously reserved but unregistered domains will become generally available in July.

Of the original 10 million domains who had their rights reserved in June 2014, there are now 3.2 million domains that have not registered the corresponding shorter .uk equivalent. Over 2 million .uk domains have been registered.

Nominet and its registrars have been in touch with registrants over the course of the five year Right of Registration period, through direct contact, webinars, regular promotion and registrar initiatives.  

To remind rights holders of the deadline, an advertising campaign is planned for May.

Commenting on the Right of Registration entering its final three months, Eleanor Bradley, COO, Nominet, said: “We have given registrants a long period of time to consider their options. As the deadline approaches, an advertising campaign will remind rights holders that time is running out.  For some companies, they will really want to secure the shorter domain, for their own use, now or in the future, or to guarantee nobody else can use it. They need to take action quickly to avoid missing out.  Others are happy with the domain they have, and don’t want to register or use another.  It’s important to stress to those people that the existing domain will continue as normal, and no action is required.’  

It is a feature of the global domain name system that the same set of characters before the dot – known as the ‘string’ – can appear in names with different suffixes.  So for example, ilovedomains .co.uk  ilovedomains.org.uk and  ilovedomains.com might all be registered to different people. Ellie Bradley said; “In the vast majority of cases, very similar domains co-exist with no problems.  But for the rare cases where someone is abusing their domain or using it for illegitimate purposes, we have safeguards in place so action can be taken swiftly.”

For more information on the .UK domain name or to discuss with an expert please email [email protected] or call 01908 200022.

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