1
Jul

How Does the Booking.com Decision Affect My Generic Domain Names?

In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed with the Internet Commerce Association’s position that under certain conditions, a generic .com domain name can obtain a trademark registration, albeit a very weak one, overruling the position advanced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO had taken the position…

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19
Feb

INTERNET COMMERCE ASSOCIATION FILES SUPREME COURT BRIEF

Should generic .com domain names never be entitled to trademark protection? When a domain name like booking.com is identified as a brand by the public, should it still be denied trademark protection as a matter of law? The ICA takes a position on this difficult question in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme…

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8
Feb

Tell ICANN what you think of their plan to raise the price of .com!

Your .COM domain name is going to cost over 30% more unless ICANN, the group in charge of the domain name system, listens to the public and changes its mind about price increases. We created a tool to help you submit your viewpoint to ICANN. It takes 30 seconds! Use the tool here. ICANN sets…

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15
Jan

ICA Public Comment to ICANN on the .COM price increase

The ICA submitted its comment to ICANN in connection with the Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement. ICA voices its concerns as to the effectiveness of ICANN’s Public Comment process in general as well as demonstrates that ICANN allowing Verisign to charge more for .COM domains is not justifiable. We encourage everyone to…

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8
Jan

ICA Member Profile: Jack Kalfayan

Jack Kalfayan is the the founder and CEO of Apex Moon, a domain acquisition and brokerage firm that specializes in premium top-level domain names. Jack’s been in the domain industry for over 6 years and has completed sales on the buying and selling side, totaling 8 figures USD. Jack was born and raised in Montreal,…

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3
Jan

ICA STATEMENT on ICANN’S ANNOUNCED CHANGES to the .COM REGISTRY AGREEMENT

ICANN’s announcement that it “reached a proposed agreement” with Verisign to amend the .com registry agreement raises serious concerns and questions. The Internet Commerce Association will be closely studying the proposed changes and will deliver its comments to ICANN in due course. Amongst the preliminary concerns and questions that ICANN’s announcement raises are the following…

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3
Dec

Take Part in the NTEN Organized Community Call on the Internet Society Sale of PIR / .ORG

NTEN is organizing a call this Thursday, December 5th, at 12 PM PST, 3 PM EST. They will be joined by Electronic Frontier Foundation, The National Council of Nonprofits, and Internet Society chapter leaders, as well as Jon Nevett from Public Interest Registry, and Erik Brooks and Nora Abusitta from Ethos Capital. Andrew Sullivan from…

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15
Nov

ICA Calls for ICANN to Withhold Approval of Purported .Org Registry Sale

The original justification for awarding the .Org registry contract to ISOC was its public interest focus and commitments. If ISOC is no longer associated with the .Org registry, that justification for awarding the Registry Agreement no longer exists.  Therefore, it would be reasonable for you to withhold your approval of the assignment to a private…

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28
Oct

ICA PARTICIPATES IN WIPO 20TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM

Zak Muscovitch, General Counsel of the ICA, was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to present at its symposium on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UDRP held in Geneva on October 21, 2019.  This invitation was a rare opportunity to share the perspective of domain name investors to an audience…

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1
Oct

2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award Nominations

We’re happy and proud to announce that nominations for ICA’s 2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award are now open! With NamesCon’s generous support, for the 4th year in a row we’ll be holding the award ceremony during the conference. This year we have refocused the award. The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award was originally conceived to honor those whose work has protected…

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