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New trademark applications for Rugs.com, Shop.com and Gambling.com

August 4, 2020

Owners of generic domains are applying for the registration of marks that include the extension, and they are all dot com for now.

Here are the latest applications and matching generic domain names with the dot com part of the mark.

Rugs.com trademark application: On-line retail store services featuring floor coverings, namely rugs. First use in commerce 06/02/2016.

Shop.com trademark application: Promoting the goods and services of others by operating an online shopping mall featuring a
centralized search, ordering, and billing system to handle orders for multiple sellers at one time. First use in commerce 02/26/2009.

Gambling.com trademark application: Advertising and directory services, namely, promoting the services of others by providing a web page featuring links to the websites of others. First use in commerce 01/01/2018. 

Keeping track of generic domains becoming new trademark applications at the USPTO

August 2, 2020

The latest generic domains applying for a trademark are Law.com and Approve.com

Both applications are filed on the basis of “existing use” of the marks in commerce and are not for “intent to use”.

The Law.com application is for providing information in the field of law via the Internet, providing links to other websites containing information in the field of law. 

The Approve.com application is for a standard text mark, and one that depicts the Approve.com logo and claims it as the mark. The application is for SaaS services, namely, providing access to non-downloadable and web based computer software for use by organizations to manage procurement operations and workflows.

Approve.com was used in commerce for the first time on July 15, 2020.

The domain changed ownership on July 13, 2020 and may have been recently sold to the trademark applicant an Israeli corporation, Swiftt Development Ltd.

Trademark Applications for Generic Domains Rate.com, Give.com, Drips.com and Recruiter.com

July 30, 2020

Another day of trademark application at the USPTO for domains that have generic terms.

Previously these domains could not be marked but the flood gates have been opened for single term domains to be trademarked.

Rate.com filed a standard character mark application for Financial services, Mortgage banking services.

Give.com filed an intent to use application for Downloadable computer application software that enables a user to send or donate money to a recipient, Charitable fund raising.

Drips.com filed a standard character application for providing use of Cloud based software for Managing consumer communications.

Recruiter.com filed an intent to use application for providing Recruiting services, Employment placement services.

Supreme Court sided with Booking.com

July 25, 2020

The Supreme Court sided with Booking.com, green-lighting the booking accommodations website to trademark the generic term associated with their domain name.

Following the trending paradigm on trademark applications, Walgreens, registrants of the domain Beauty.com have applied for the matching mark, BEAUTY.COM, at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Now there are trademark applications for Fetch.com, Jerky.com, Cruises.com and even Porn.com among others.

Mattress Firm, Inc. is not sleeping. The mattress giant operates the domain Sleep.com and filed for the SLEEP.COM trademark at the United States Patent and Trademark office.

For corporations to spend huge amounts of money for an address, they need to be able to protect them as intellectual property. This opens the door for trademarks to be used as valuable addresses as generic names online. Google owns search, but now corporations have a weapon to leverage and ensure that a generic address can be coined as a sticky brand for direct traffic. Everything is about perception. It may very well change the landscape of direct navigation that these prized addresses can be leveraged as cornerstones of a business or corporation. 

Workforce.com

MAY 24, 2020

Workforce Software provides workforce management software using the domain name WorkforceSoftware.com.

For decades, the shorter Workforce.com domain was used by Workforce Magazine to deliver human resources news.

But last year, a competitor to Workforce Software acquired the publisher of Workforce Magazine. It then changed the use of Workforce.com from human resources news to promoting its own workforce management software, rebranded as Workforce.com. Suddenly, Workforce Software had a big problem: confusion. It didn’t have the best domain for its business, and now a competitor was using the best domain.

Tucows: Domain registrations are way up during pandemic

MAY 7, 2020

The domains business has seen the most remarkable immediate impact, which will not really show up until the second quarter. New domain registrations are way up in the past month or so. We are seeing first-hand the rush for offline businesses to market, transact and fulfill online. We are seeing years of economic transformation jammed into weeks or months…

…In the last few weeks we have seen a significant bump in transactions as businesses globally try to quickly move online, and as displaced workers look to entrepreneurship as the next stage in their career paths. We saw this begin to emerge in late March and it is still going strong. With tens of thousands of resellers and millions of end user customers, our Domains business has proven resilient through several economic cycles, but we are seeing something singular in this current, unprecedented environment. It feels like years of change being crammed into weeks or months. This is more interesting for what it says about the economy than it is material to our business, as new registrations make up only 20% of total transactions historically.

Top Sales for May 6th, 2020 at Godaddy

MAY 6, 2020
TeleData.com​ for $32,500​
MacNeal.com​ for $20,153
GoInsure.com​ for $12,750​
ag66.com​ for $10,250​
PropertyExchange.com​ for $9,600​ 

Buy a quality domain name or pay for Linkedin ads

APRIL 6, 2020
You have got to be kidding me. Linkedin.com ads are $9 per click? So 1000 clicks through to my website and it’s going to cost me $9000 bucks? One of my websites is a 2 keyword domain name that receives close to 1000 new visitors per day. Yes the website is Search engine optimized and has good content that people are looking for. The domain name keywords match the search terms people are using in Google. This is a good example of the value a quality keyword domain name is to your company. Google will serve you free customers without you paying for them.

PANDEMIC DOMAIN NAMES THAT HAVE SOLD

APRIL 3, 2020
PandemicHealth.com for $2,688
USpandemic.com for $1,088
PandemicAlerts.com for $1,088

Shopify buys shop.app

APRIL 1, 2020
Shop.app $200,000 – Shopify now owns Shop.app and Shopapp.com.
me.com $24,000 – Now forwards to MeApp.info.
Less.info $12,000

End User Domain Sales

MARCH 25, 2020
Cico.com €45,000 – An individual in China bought this domain for his own site.
Giftee.com $20,000 – Giftee, Inc. is a Japanese company that enables people to give gifts electronically, similar to Starbuck drink coupons. The company is upgrading from their Giftee.co domain name.
SchoolToGo.com $5,000 – Forwards to SchoolToGo.de. This is a new website to service recent school closures and provide education for students 6-18 years old.

Companies Upgraded Their Domain Names

Holocare.com $22,200 – Holocare says it is the worlds first innovation centre for mixed reality in health.
AutoZen.com $15,000 – Open Road Auto Group is a car dealer.
JacoBeach.com $10,000 – The buyer forwards the domain to an Airbnb in Jaco, Costa Rica.

WashYourHands.com sold for $17,500

WashYourHands.com sells for $17,500. We don’t know who the buyer is yet but I am sure it will be used appropriately. Learning Plus was a previous owner of this domain name.

I got scammed for $314 @ SafetysMask.com (should have checked the whois!)

So I “thought” I was buying a 50 pack of N95 masks for $314 check the current prices online and you will see this price is not too far fetched from ebay. Anyways, I bought these from this website below. It “looked” legit. yea yea I know stupid right?

SafetysMask.com see the extra s.
Then I got an email from them. And guess what was missing in the confirmed payment email? THE TRACKING NUMBER!!!!!

I Called the number on their site, someone did pick up. With all due respect sounded like some skinny white boy in the middle of Utah. He told me he has received over 600 calls already from people about their orders not showing up.

And then he said I’ve been scammed.

UnoEuro Rebrans to Simply.com

UnoEuro hosting company based in Denmark announced that it was re-branding as Simply.com. If you type in UnoEuro.com you will be redirected to Simply.com. The move was designed to make it easier for customers to remember and type-in the company’s brand name.

ACRepair.com for 1.5M

MARCH 14, 2020 Rick Schwartz says “After 3 months of negotiating, TODAY was the day that I signed the ACRepair.com contract”! Now we are not sure if Rick sold for cash and shares in a new online venture. More info to come.

End User Domain Sales

Memories.net sold for $41,000 – Skymorials Pty Ltd in Australia bought this .net. It appears they operate the memorials site memories.com.au.
Intonation.com sold for $7,000 Euro – And is forwarded to Intonation.co.uk. They are a UK company that provides professional translation and interpretation services.

It’s time for domain name renewals beyond 10 years

Domain name renewal prices are going up and .Com prices will likely be 70% higher within 10 years. So save some money when renewing your domain names pick 5 years or longer and lock-in at today’s prices.

Betting domain names selling

Betting domain names selling like hotcakes.
BettingTips.com sold for $150,000
BettingOdds.com sold for $487,867
HorseRacing.net sold for $60,000

Mike Mann does it again sold Ready.org

MARCH 5, 2020
Mike Mann says “Sold Ready.org $169,888. Ready to sell my remaining 349,999 domain names.”

02666.com Sold for $24,250 and HomeLab.com for $20,000

MARCH 1, 2020
The top domain name sale of the day was 02666.com selling for $24,250.00 at GoDaddy. Homelab.com​ sold for $20,000​ at EmpireNames.com. Should be interesting to see what kind of website homelab.com will eventually become.

Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran lost nearly $400,000

Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran lost nearly $400,000 in an email scam that tricked her staff. She said someone faking as her assistant sent an invoice to her bookkeeper earlier this week for a renovation payment. She had no reason to be suspicious about the email because she invests in real estate, so the bookkeeper wired $388,700 to the email address. The problem was that the email address didn’t belong to her assistant. The scammer imitated her assistant’s email address and misspelled it with one letter. The mistake wasn’t caught until the bookkeeper emailed the assistant’s correct address for a follow-up.

You@domainname.com brand is very important. The less confusing a domain will make it easier for you and your customers to spot a spoof scam email address.

Companies Upgraded Their Domain Names

Holocare.com $22,200 – Holocare says it is the worlds first innovation centre for mixed reality in health.
AutoZen.com $15,000 – Open Road Auto Group is a car dealer.
JacoBeach.com $10,000 – The buyer forwards the domain to an Airbnb in Jaco, Costa Rica.

RUBIX FX Announces Rebranding To FXTRADING.com

FEBRUARY 25, 2020
Sedo released their weekly sales and BettingTips.com led the way at $150,000. Yugo.com was second at $50,000 and Modena.com was third at 34,000 Euro.

MANY COMPANIES WANTING THE SAME DOMAIN NAME BRAND

Companies look at a major domain purchase as buying the dot com would be nice for our business, rather than it being a necessity for their company to grow. But only one company will get the dot com brand and that creates a problem for other businesses with the same brand name. When that happens companies will need to re-brand to distinguish their product. This can be expensive and will create a distraction from growing their business. A re-brand will definitely be required if 2 companies are in the same niche field with the same brand name.

ELON MUSK TALKS ABOUT THE 10 YEARS AND $10 MILLION TO GET TESLA.COM​

He mentioned the trademark for Tesla was $75,000. Buying the domain was a whole different nightmare that took us 10 years to buy the Tesla com domain. That cost was like 10 million dollars yeah that was crazy.

Musk talks about the name might have been changed to Farraday which later a competitor took. Faraday Future, who bought FF.com for $1.4 million.

GOLFBET.COM SELLS FOR $100,000

GolfBet.com sells Pierluigi Buccioli said.

Since he didn’t sign a NDA, Pierluige can announce the sale of GolfBet․com for $100k. The buyer was a law firm representing a third party. We are guessing that the PGA Tour bought the domain name. Time will tell.

Comcast has launched its SportsTech

Comcast has launched its SportsTech accelerator program, and the multi-billion conglomerate is branding in the right order. Comcast is using the domain name ComcastSportsTech.com, which they registered in late 2019. Unfortunately they do not own SportsTech.com.

Sedo weekly sales led by Meals2Go.com

JANUARY 18, 2020
Sedo released their weekly sales and Meals2Go.com led the way at $44,200. 265.cc was second at $25,000. Asia.Casino sold for $10,000.

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