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Though they have not yet announced when the new gTLD Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will officially open for registrations, providers Deloitte and IBM have published the pricing scheme for those who wish to register their trademarks in the database. Registrations are available to two types: “Trademark Holders,” or individual trademark owners who wish to register their own marks in the TMCH, and “Trademark Agents,” or companies or agencies that represent multiple, individual trademark owners. There are also two types of fee structures, Basic and Advanced, which we break down here. Continue Reading…

Early this week, Mashable reported that Nic.ly, the site of Libya’s country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) .LY registry, had been hacked by a group calling itself Electr0n. The group pointed the domain to a site with anti-Muammar Gaddafi messages. Fortunately, the hack did not impact the most widely-used .LY sites like Bit.ly and Ow.ly, but the vulnerability of Nic.ly points out something that brand owners need to be very much aware of, which is that certain ccTLDs are much less stable than others. Some brand owners with whom we have been brainstorming about the new gTLD program have suggested that they may apply for and operate .BRAND gTLDs in hopes of making this an issue of the past. Continue Reading…