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May 2018 gTLD and ccTLD Updates

.LLC Registry-operator, Afilias, announced the launch of the unrestricted new gTLD, .LLC. Sunrise registrations are open from 5 June to 5 July. .ICU Sunrise registrations are now open through 24 May. .购物 (“shopping” in Chinese) Sunrise registrations are now open through 19 June. We recommend that brand owners register their marks in the Trademark Clearinghouse … Continued

Act Before May 25: Brand Audit with Full Thick WHOIS Data

Due to the upcoming GDPR enforcement deadline, this is your last opportunity to request a domain name audit with thick WHOIS data across all gTLDs and many ccTLDs. Our reports provide a current snapshot of identical, confusingly similar and “brand+keyword” domains containing your brands. Contact us before WHOIS data is minimized on May 25, 2018 to … Continued

New Podcast Episode: Is Your Organization Ready for GDPR?

The EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect on May 25, 2018, impacting data privacy policies worldwide. In this, the latest episode of the Principium Pod, Principium Strategies’ Director of Digital Sean Wilke has a conversation with Michael Sim, founder and CEO of DataGlobe, Inc., about the far-reaching implications of the regulation … Continued

April 2018 gTLD and ccTLD Updates

.EU & Brexit On 28 March the European Commission announced that all UK registrants, including individuals and organizations, will no longer be eligible for .EU domain ownership commencing on 30 March 2019, coinciding with Brexit. While similar announcements from other ccTLD registries included a “grandfathering” option for current registrants, no option exists for .EU at … Continued

New Principium Pod Episode: GDPR, WHOIS and ICANN 61

Principium president Dennis Prahl recently returned from the ICANN 61 Community Forum held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. By far, the most discussed topic at the conference was the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is the number one priority of the domain name and ICANN community. To review, the GDPR is a European … Continued

March 2018 gTLD and ccTLD Updates

The Trademark Clearinghouse has launched the Trademark Registry Exchange (“TREx”), a new service for trademark holders to cost-effectively reserve their brands in the new gTLD space. Like Donuts’ Domains Protected Mark List (“DPML”), the TREx blocks marks across several new gTLDs among participating registry operators. The initial group includes 40 TLDs and is expected to … Continued

New Principium Podcast: Predictions for 2018

Join Principium Strategies executives Sean Wilke, Catherine La Rooy, and Dennis Prahl as they make predictions for brand protection industry for the coming year. The team covers a wide range of topics such as the EU GDPR regulation, the explosion of Chinese trademark registrations, Brexit, “ambush marketing” at sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup, as well as various … Continued

Online Shopping and the Culture of Counterfeiting: New White Paper and Podcast

As consumers increasingly shop online over traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, online sales of counterfeit goods have also increased.  Transactions over the internet connect counterfeiters with consumers on a global scale while providing anonymity to the offenders posing as legitimate businesses. It’s timely to assess how the industry and brand owners are suppressing these threats and … Continued

The Principium Pod: ICANN Abu Dhabi Recap; EU GDPR; New gTLDs

The ICANN General Meeting in Abu Dhabi has officially wrapped up, and there’s a lot to discuss. In this episode of the Principium Pod, hosts Sean Wilke and Dennis Prahl unfold the key subjects covered at the conference. Amongst these subjects are hot topics such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and … Continued

Brand Protection Alert: These Second-Level Registrations are Opening

A number of jurisdictions are opening direct second-level registrations to users seeking more options in the country-code space. If you hold business interests in these jurisdictions, we recommend that you protect your brands accordingly. For example, brandusecase.nz is a second-level domain, whereas brandusecase.co.nz is a third-level domain. Here’s what to expect in the next coming months … Continued