Archive for April 2013

Sedo reports over $1,25 Million in Domain Sales ! tops Sedo’s weekly sales list at $140,000

WEDNESDAY, 03 APRIL 2013 05:08 DOMAIN NEWS topped Sedo’s weekly sales chart at $140,000.Highlights also include,leading the ccTLD category at 63,000 EUR and,leading the “Other” category at $25,000.

Other notable domain name sales include :

.COM 45,000 EUR 24,000 USD 21,000 USD 19,000 EUR 18,000 EUR 16,500 USD 14,900 USD 10,000 EUR 10,000 USD 9,000 USD 6,000 USD 5,000 USD 4,750 EUR 4,000 EUR 3,900 EUR 3,500 USD 3,250 EUR 3,025 EUR 3,000 EUR 3,000 EUR 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 2,999 USD 2,985 USD 2,950 USD 2,900 USD 2,800 USD 2,750 USD 2,750 USD 2,600 USD 2,599 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 EUR 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 EUR

ccTLD 5,000 USD 3,800 GBP 3,630 EUR 3,025 EUR 3,000 USD 3,000 EUR 2,950 USD 2,756 EUR 2,500 USD 2,500 EUR 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,340 EUR 2,211 EUR 2,200 EUR 2,000 EUR 2,000 EUR 2,000 GBP

waldlä 2,000 USD

Other 12,000 EUR 10,000 USD 7,000 USD 4,500 USD 3,500 USD 2,500 EUR 2,500 USD 1,997 USD 1,800 USD 1,800 EUR 1,550 USD 1,500 USD 1,250 USD 1,000 EUR 1,000 USD 1,000 USD

Uniregistry prepares for new gTLDs, sets up new retail registrar: Uniregistrar by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

02|21|2013 08:54 pm EDT

Frank Schilling’s new gTLD play Uniregistry becomes ICANN accredited and launches their retail registrar, Uniregistrar.

Uniregistrar completed their accreditation earlier this month. The name and site clearly identifies it as being associated with Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry that is applying for 54 new gTLDs.

The new site states:

Uniregistrar is a new ICANN accredited registrar designed to let you create domain names in the new top level domain extensions offered by Uniregistry.

Beginning in 2014 anyone will be able to create and manage their domain names using the simple site we plan to create here. The names offered by Uniregistrar will be shorter, clearer, easier to use and manage than the .com .net or .org names you know from the past.

We think you’re going to like the names we have to offer and we look forward to serving you. Check back with us later this year as a new site gets created at this location.

With this move the registry operator and new gTLD applicant is one of the first of the new entries that is making it clear that they will be operating their own retail registrar.

“Vertical Integration” (registries that own/operate registrars) has been a long and ongoing issue at ICANN, but in late 2010 the board decided that registries are indeed allowed to own registrars. One of the other applicants, Demand Media, recently increased the reach of their retail channel recently by buying the retail registrar

Microsoft Wins Dispute over Domain Name


An arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum has awarded the domain name to Microsoft.The company submitted a complaint to thw National Arbitration Forum on February 11,2013,asserting legal rights over the disputed domain name.

Microsoft owns many trademark registrations for the “XBox” mark,all over the world.Therefore,it was more than obvious that the disputed domain name is confusingly similar to its trademark .

Microsoft has also contended and managed to demonstrate that the respondent has no rights over the disputed domain name and that he registered and used the domain in bad faith :

“Respondent is also attempting to generate revenue by confusing Internet users into believing the website is sponsored or otherwise affiliated with Complainant so that he or she will be mistakenly motivated to navigate thereto. Once on the sham website the accidental visitor is now in a position to click on any one of the website’s several pay-per-click links. Respondent’s registration and use of the confusingly similar at-issue domain name to abet its deceptive scheme demonstrates bad faith .”

“Finally, prior to registering the at-issue domain name Respondent had actual knowledge of Complainant’s rights in the XBOX mark.  Such prior knowledge is clear from the fact that the domain name combines the XBOX mark with the name of one of the levels of Complainant’s XBOX LIVE online services.  Furthermore, numerous links on the website make explicit reference to the XBOX mark and/or the products sold under that trademark.  ”

After Microsoft managed to established all three elements required under ICANN Policy,the Panel ordered the disputed domain name to be transferred from the respondent to the complainant .

You can read the decision here .

Initial Evaluation Results Released for First Set of Applications

From ICANN,22 March 2013

Today marks a major milestone in the New gTLD Program: Initial Evaluation (IE) results for the first set of newgTLD applications have been released to applicants and the general public.

This achievement is the result of many years of policy development and implementation work to bring diversity, competition, and innovation to the Domain Name System. Applicants, along with the greater ICANN community have dedicated countless hours toward reaching this goal. This is not only an important and exciting moment in the New gTLD Program but also in the continuing evolution of the Internet.

To view Initial Evaluation results for applications with priority numbers 1 through 30, go to the Current Application Status page of the new gTLD microsite. Results are posted under the IE Results column. Clicking on the result will take you to the Initial Evaluation report for that application.

There are three possible outcomes of Initial Evaluation: Pass, Eligible for Extended Evaluation, or Ineligible for Further Review.

  • Pass – The evaluation panels determined that the application is consistent with the requirements in the Applicant Guidebook and can advance to the next phase of the Program.
  • Eligible for Extended Evaluation – The Financial, Technical/Operational, Registry Services, or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not provide sufficient information to award a passing score. The application is eligible for extended evaluation.
  • Ineligible for Further Review – The DNS Stability, String Similarity, Background Screening, and/or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not meet the relevant criteria in the Applicant Guidebook, and the application is ineligible for further review.

For some applications Initial Evaluation results were not yet available for one or more possible reasons such as: pending change requests, clarifying questions, or follow-up with applicants regarding missing information. The results for these applications will be published as soon as the relevant processes are completed.

As communicated previously, ICANN is releasing Initial Evaluation results in priority order, in increments of 30 per week, with plans to increase to 100 per week. ICANN anticipates having Initial Evaluation results for all applications published by the end of August 2013.

Next Steps

Applications that pass Initial Evaluation (and that do not face any objections or string contention) will be eligible to proceed to contracting, with execution of the Registry Agreement as early as 23 April 2013.

Visit the New gTLD microsite to stay up-to-date on the latest Initial Evaluation releases and news about the Program.