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Crypto and Blockchain are registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse

February 20, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Crypto and Blockchain are registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse

Want to register a new TLD with one of these suddenly hot terms? You’re going to deal with the TMCH.

Remember the Trademark Clearinghouse for new top level domain names?

By getting a mark filed with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a company can get first rights to a domain matching the mark when a new TLD goes through sunrise. Also, people that try to register a domain matching the mark get a warning during the start of general availability. This triggers a notification to the trademark holder, too.

I’ve documented how some companies tried to game the system. But with new TLDs coming out with lackluster interest, the concept of premium domains with premium pricing, and new TLDs rolling out slowly now, you don’t hear about it much more.

So you might be surprised to see that Blockchain and Crypto are in the TMCH database.

I might give the crypto trademark owners a break. There are three marks in the database, apparently from two different companies using Swiss trademarks. Their websites are bordotek.com and crypto.ch. I’ll cut them some slack because they are in the crypto-security space, not cryptocurrencies.

But blockchain? A French technology company called Athanor has registered its mark in the TMCH database. Hmm.

There are no registrations for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency.



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Domain investor trio acquires DNForum

February 20, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Domain investor trio acquires DNForum

Three domain investors will be the next to try to restore DNForum to prominence.

Domain name forum DNForum has been sold to three domain name investors who will operate the site and hope to restore it to its former glory. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

I asked the new owners for a quick overview of who they are. One of the promising things about this trio is its geographic distribution. This gives them more timezone coverage as well as an multinational perspective.

Here are the new owners:

Oliver Hoger
Oliver has been an active trader of high-quality domain names the past 10 years, both as a buyer and seller of domain names and also as a broker for many high-profile clients. Oliver is a well know trader amongst the regulars of the high-end domain aftermarket. Oliver is based in the Euro time zone.

John Nguyen
John has been in the IT consulting business for the past 34 years. 15 years of those in the domain name business as a well-known short name investor. John also has a long and valued history at DNForum.com both as an active member but also as a moderator and administrator. John is based in the US.

Lars Lima
Lars been in the domain name industry for the past 13 years as an independent investor and broker of short domain names at www.DNand.com. He carries an MSc in International business management and has a history in sales and marketing. Lars is based in Denmark.



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Domain Name Estate Planning is Important

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on Domain Name Estate Planning is Important
 DomainInvesting.com: It has been quite some time since I wrote about domain names and estate planning. People who own valuable domain names or a valuable domain portfolio need to take estate planning seriously. Nobody can cheat death, and ensuring that you have a plan in place can save your loved ones or friends a considerable amount of time and potentia...

Crypto and Blockchain are registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on Crypto and Blockchain are registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse
 Domain Name Wire: Want to register a new TLD with one of these suddenly hot terms? You’re going to deal with the TMCH. Remember the Trademark Clearinghouse for new top level domain names? By getting a mark filed with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), a company can get first rights to a domain matching the mark when a new […] © DomainName...

AUCTION RECAP OF FEBRUARY 19, 2018

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on AUCTION RECAP OF FEBRUARY 19, 2018
 DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on February 19, 2018. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when th...

#Cybercriminals used .US, .COM #domain names in #IRS refund scam

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on #Cybercriminals used .US, .COM #domain names in #IRS refund scam
 DomainGang.com: An elaborate scam used the domain DebtCredit.US to generate thousands of dollars in unlawful IRS refunds, then used a phony debt collection agency to seek their “return.” According to Krebs On Security, the method that these cybercriminals use, works like this: Identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud have been...

Blockchain Company Swarm Fund Acquired Swarm.com

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on Blockchain Company Swarm Fund Acquired Swarm.com
 NamePros.com: Domain acquisitions by companies in the crypto industry are becoming a regular occurrence. Recently, we published the news of crypt-securities company Harbor acquiring both Harbor.com and Harbour.com. Other high-value domains such as FO.com have also been used in the creation of new crypto services. Today, we can bring you the news o...

Cryptocurrencies Are Creating Billion-Dollar Industries

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on Cryptocurrencies Are Creating Billion-Dollar Industries
 The Frager factor: Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles; How digital media fuels moral outrage – and what to do about it; Indicted Russians used PayPal and cryptocurrency exchange accounts; This bricklaying robot works five times faster than a human; Going deeper: A history of ideas in AI research; Reweaving the Web –;...

Behind the Sale: myBK.com – from $535 purchase to $14,000 sale

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on Behind the Sale: myBK.com – from $535 purchase to $14,000 sale
 Efty.com: Welcome to the ninth post in our Behind the Sale series on the Efty blog. In this series, I talk with domain name investors who share all the details behind a recent sale. You will learn how they bought low and sold high, how the negotiations went down and much more. Today, I am chatting with Dan Prather a full-time domainer and R...

Liquid domains market: $18M domain sales reported by escrow.com in Q4 2017

February 20, 2018DomainingComments Off on Liquid domains market: $18M domain sales reported by escrow.com in Q4 2017
 OnlineDomain.com: Escrow.com sales volume went down 25% from $24M to $18M. According to Escrow.com, the most traded category in Q4 was 3C .com domains ($6.4M), followed by 4Ls at $4.6M and 3N .com domains at $3.97M, boosted by the record 3N portfolio sale by Rick Schwartz. GGRG Brokerage Consulting and Giuseppe Graziano published the 4th quarter ̷...