Currently 889 gTLD applicants.

According to a post from ICANN there are currently 889 users registered in the TLD Application System (TAS). Each user can apply for 50 TLD’s. 50×889 = 44450. A staggering number that surely will not be met. Industry experts expect around 2000 applications.

Tremendous anticipation, planning, and work drove toward 12 January, 2012, the day ICANN began accepting applications for new gTLDs.

Organizations who choose to apply to operate a top-level domain have merely begun a journey that will most likely carry them into 2013. If you’re curious about the next phases of ICANN’s New gTLD Program, here are highlights of what to expect.

 

In early May, approximately two weeks after the new gTLD application window closes, ICANN will publish a list of the applications and who has applied for which domain name. Until then, ICANN will not comment publicly about any specific application, the total number of applications received, or who has submitted applications.

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WIPO handled slightly more UDRP cases compared to 2010.

WIPO handled slightly more UDRP cases compared to 2010.

Though the amount of UDRP cases is just slightly higher compared to 2010 the amount of domains involved was up by 9.4%. A smillar trend is noticed by ccTLD registries who use their own ADR procedure to resolve  domain name disputed.

Since ICANN appointed WIPO as one of the parties to handle domain disputes back in 1999, WIPO handled more then 22.5000 UDRP cases and this number will only increase according to WIPO with the launch of the new gTLD‘s at the end of this year. How high this increase will be is unknown at the moment. First of all we don’t known how many gTLD’s will be released and it is unknown how effective the Trademark Clearinghouse will be when it is introduced by ICANN in October this year.

To read the entire report you can visit this link here.

The observant reader will notice that Denmark filed a massive amount of UDRD’s last year compared to the rest of the world (204). This is due to the LEGO company who filed alone 161 complaints, and is fiercely defending it’s trademarks.

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Eurid Q4 results.

Eurid just released their Q4 results of 2011.

.EU has matured as an extension. This was demonstrated by .eu consumer loyalty,shown in the robust and stable registration renewal rate.In 2011, 81.6% of .eu domain names were renewed which was consistent with 2010’s renewal rate (81.7%) and above the industry average.

Eurid 2011 Highlights. 

  • In 2011 Eurid reached a total registrations of 3.51 million .EU domain names.
  • DNSSEC rollout started
  • Website usage research. This study revealed that 31.4% of the .EU websites are being used for business usuage. Full report here.
  • Eurid closed the case on sex.eu

Number crunching.

During Q4 2011, the number of .eu registrations increased by 100 802 domain names, or 3.0%, to 3.51 million. The total number ofregistrations at the end of Q4 represented an increase of 5.5%, or 182 275 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q4 2010.

IDN registrations reached a total of 67074 registrations wich is about the same as with other ccTLD registries that offer IDN according to Eurid.

Deletions : During Q4 2011, there were 166 309 deletions.

Domain disputes. Eurid offers an alternative dispute system (ADR) and received 12 cases in Q4, wich is the same amount as in Q3 2011. This trend is comparable with the amount of cases that WIPO received.

For more info about the Q4 2011 results download the PDF here.