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Trademark Clearinghouse using .uno to plug new gTLDs to Spanish markets

Kevin Murphy, January 24, 2014, Domain Registries

New gTLD registry Dot Latin has scored an early anchor tenant win, as the Trademark Clearinghouse has agreed to use two .uno domain names to market rights protection mechanisms in Spanish-speaking markets.

The TMCH, run by Deloitte and IBM, will use trademark-clearinghouse.uno and tmch.uno. The non-hyphenated version of the longer domain has not been delegated.

Both domains currently redirect to the Spanish-language version of the TMCH’s main .com site.

It’s a nice awareness-raising move for Dot Latin, potentially (depending on how well the TMCH markets it) getting its gTLD’s brand in front of major Spanish trademark-owning eyeballs.

The company signed its ICANN Registry Agreement in mid-September, so its 120-day waiting period before it was allowed to hand out second-level domains is already up.

The .uno sunrise period is due to end February 7.

Two more new gTLDs delegated

Kevin Murphy, December 2, 2013, Domain Registries

The new gTLDs .menu and .uno have gone live on the internet.

Both appear to have been delegated to the DNS root zone at some point over the last few days — nic.menu and nic.uno are both resolving right now, though nic.uno takes you to an Apache status page.

The Latino-focused .uno is the first gTLD of the 10 applications linked to Kanasas-based DotRegistry to become active; .menu is the first for What Box?, which now has three remaining applications.

What Box has already partnered with Go Daddy to offer .menu domains, priced at $49.99 a year or $199.99 a year if you buy a “priority pre-registration”.

I believe the current total of new gTLDs in the root is 34, 26 of which belong to Donuts.

Four more new gTLDs, including .sexy, get contracts

Kevin Murphy, September 12, 2013, Domain Registries

ICANN signed four more new gTLD contracts with four different registries yesterday.

The lucky recipients of Registry Agreements are:

  • .uno (Dot Latin LLC) — a general-purpose, open gTLD aimed primarily at Spanish and Italian speakers.
  • .menu (Wedding TLD2, LLC) — also open, though the registry plans to run second-level portals corresponding to types of food (italian.menu, etc).
  • .sexy (Uniregistry Corp) — signing a Registry Agreement with boring old ICANN doesn’t strike me as particularly sexy, but Uniregistry went ahead and did it anyway.
  • .世界 (Stable Tone Ltd) — this Chinese string means “.world”. It will also be open and obviously targeted primarily at Chinese-speaking registrants.

The deals mean ICANN has now signed contracts covering 26 new gTLD applications. It’s slow going so far, but the pace is definitely picking up.

As of last week, DI PRO Application Tracker allows you to search for only gTLDs that have signed contracts, along with 23 other search criteria.