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August 24, 2019 06:39

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.shop lawsuit falling to pieces

Commercial Connect’s lawsuit against ICANN appears to be on its way out, as ICANN claims the .shop applicant has “abandoned” the case. The company sued ICANN in January in an attempt to prevent .shop gTLD being sold off via an ICANN last-resort auction. It failed, and the auction raised a $41 million winning bid from […]

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$41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop

Lawyer-happy gTLD applicant Commercial Connect has put GMO Registry’s $41 million purchase of the new gTLD .shop in jeopardy by filing an appeal with ICANN. On January 26 — the day before the .shop auction — the Connecticut-based company filed an Independent Review Process complaint with ICANN, asking a panel of judges to enjoin ICANN […]

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Correction: .shop auction weirder than I thought

The upcoming auction for .shop and .shopping new gTLDs is weird, but in a different way to which I reported on Friday. The actual rules, which are pretty complicated, mean that one applicant could win a gTLD auction without spending a single penny. The nine applicants for .shop and the two applicants for .shopping are […]

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Panel throws out ludicrous .shop confusion ruling

The new gTLD strings .shop and .通販 are not too confusingly similar-looking to coexist on the internet. While that may be blindingly obvious to anyone who is not already blind, it’s taken the ICANN process three years to arrive at this conclusion. An August 18 ruling by a three-person International Centre for Dispute Resolution appeals […]

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Commercial Connect fails miserably in Community Priority bid

Proving a community for “shop” proves very difficult. .Shop top level domain name applicant Commercial Connect has been denied (pdf) in its bid for Community Priority, scoring just five points out the necessary 14 required to prevail. Like GMO, which also applied for community status, Commercial Connect didn’t score any points for “community establishment” and […]

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Two new gTLD confusion decisions thrown out

ICANN has reopened the contention sets for .cam and .通販 after deciding that two String Confusion Objection panels may have been wrong to reject certain applications. Two rulings — that .cam is confusingly similar to .com and that .通販 is confusingly similar to .shop (really) — will now head to an appeals panel for a […]

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Donuts wins two more string objections, settles another

Only four string confusion objections have not been decided. The contentious and highly unpredictable string confusion objection process for new top level domain names is coming to a close. International Centre for Dispute Resolution posted three more decisions today, leaving just four decisions outstanding. The three decisions all involved mega-applicant Donuts. Commercial Connect brought and […]

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.shopping ruled confusingly similar to .shop

An International Centre for Dispute Resolution panelist has ruled that .shop and .shopping are too confusingly similar to coexist on the internet. The panelist was Robert Nau, the same guy who ruled that .通販 and .shop are confusingly similar. Again, the objector is .shop applicant Commercial Connect, which filed String Confusion Objections against almost every […]

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Reconsideration is not an appeals process: ICANN delivers another blow to Amazon’s gTLD hopes

Amazon has lost its appeal of a ruling that says its applied-for new gTLD .通販 is “confusingly similar” to .shop, with ICANN ruling that its Reconsideration mechanism is not an appeals process. The e-commerce giant lost a String Confusion Objection filed by .shop applicant Commercial Connect in August, with panelist Robert Nau ruling that the […]

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Oh brother, .Shop applicant has really lost it this time

Commercial Connect thinks applicant guidebook states only one TLD should be allocated for the entire “ecommerce namespace”. Commercial Connect LLC wants the .shop top level domain…badly. It also doesn’t want anyone else to be able to offer a top level domain that could in any way take away .shop’s marketshare. That’s why it filed string […]

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