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July 2017 saw the International Trademark Association (INTA) publish a report which assess the cost of brand protection in light of the ICANN New gTLD Program which began in 2012.

During the development of the New gTLD Program, the trademark community expressed concerns that an expanded TLD landscape would be open to abuse and therefore be expensive for brand owners who would be forced to protect their IP.

17 August 2017  

The .SB Registry for the Solomon Islands, Solomon Telekom Company, has announced that starting from 04 August 2017 it will be possible to register 1 and 2-character domain names (both numeric and alphabetical) under all the current extensions (.SB, .COM.SB, .NET.SB and .ORG.SB), for example I.SB, ME.SB, 12.COM.SB.

Written by Kirsty Holmes   3 August 2017  

Verisign has published the latest issue of its Domain Industry Brief report, which covers Q1 of 2017 and provides useful statistics about the state of the market. Domain registrations across all top-level domains have reached 330.6 million, an increase of 3.7% year over year. There were also 9.5 million new .COM and .NET domain registrations in Q1 2017, slightly down from Q1 2016, where the comparable figure was 10 million new registrations.

31 July 2017  

As you might recall, the priority window to register your equivalent top level .UK domain name based on your current domain ending in .UK (eg .CO.UK, .ORG.UK) ends June 2019.
In order to encourage you to secure your domains before the deadline, Nominet is offering to register any ‘grandfathered’ domain during July, August and September free of registry fees for two years. 

Written by Kirsty Holmes   19 July 2017  

The registry operator for Kenya, Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC), is opening registrations directly under the top level .KE from 23 July 2017.
Domains can be registered under the following launch phases:

Written by Kirsty Holmes   13 July 2017