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.cialis and .chatr new gTLD bids dumped

Kevin Murphy, October 4, 2012, Domain Registries

Two more new gTLD applications have been formally withdrawn.

ELi Lilly & Co has dropped its bid for .cialis and Rogers Communications has withdrawn its .chatr application.

Both were dot-brand applications — Cialis is a drug and Chatr is a Canadian wireless company — and neither was contested, though there are four applications for the very similar .chat.

This makes a total of six dead bids, following Google’s withdrawal of .est, .and and .are and German pump-maker KSB withdrew its dot-brand .ksb.

From ICANN’s statements, we know that there’s at least one other bid that is in the process of being withdrawn, but its identity is not yet known.