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KU.com: Premium two-letter .com domain has been sold

Another premium, two-letter .com domain has been sold. According to George Kirikos who keeps track of all 676 LL .com combinations day and night, KU.com has changed hands. The move to a new registrant in China indicates a sale took place. The domain KU.com had previously been owned by Reflex Publishing, holders of a mighty […]

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Thousands of Chinese brands, trademarks, and domains are fraudulent

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) sanctioned a Chinese trademark agency by terminating over 15,000 US trademark cases for defrauding the USPTO. Yusha Zhang and Shenzhen Huanyee Intellectual Property Co., Ltd. have been involved in filing submissions for more than 15,000 trademarks; violations included the unauthorized practice of law, providing false domicile information […]

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Onlycom: Missing a dot, “COM” trademark applications surge at the #USPTO

Several recent trademark applications at the USPTO are seeking the registration of marks that end in “COM” as a three letter suffix matching the TLD. But there is no dot before the “COM” part. What do they have in common? Most of them are applications by Chinese entities, for products that seek to belong under […]

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Sold for almost $30,000 dollars, imdb.CN was lost via the #UDRP process

The domain imdb.cn was sold for almost $30,000 dollars in 2019. A UDRP filed against the domain’s Chinese registrant reveals the number: 200,000 RMB. At the time, the Chinese currency (Yuan) was listed at 6.7121 to the US dollar, giving an exchange totaling $29,796 dollars at the time the sale occurred. The Complainant is IMDB.com, […]

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#Evergrande domains: Chinese brand suffers from squatters

Evergrande, the Chinese housing conglomerate, made international news in recent weeks after details about its fragile finances emerged. The massive debt leveraged by Evergrande in China sent markets plummeting, albeit temporarily; the name “evergrande” is ironic under the circumstances. Evergrande Real Estate is the second-largest property developer in China, where it’s known as “Wan Heng […]

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NamesCon “online?” #Chinese #domainers already meet in person!

Are you attending NamesCon Online from September 22nd to 24th? That event is taking place online, obviously. A lot of domain investors are experiencing online fatigue already, yearning for an in-person domain conference but in the US and Europe that’s a big no-no thanks to the Covid19 pandemic. Not a problem in China, it seems, […]

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Apparently there have been only 100 #UDRP cases against China’s .CN at the WIPO

WIPO has been a designated arbitrator for Chinese top level domains, .CN and .中国 (China) since 2019. In the two years since, WIPO has been receiving complaints for these two TLDs, the majority of which are filed by entities in France, United States of America, Germany, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Switzerland-based WIPO announced […]

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Twitter brand: Many Chinese #domainers register domains matching trademarks

It’s becoming common to see Chinese domain investors cross the line into cybersquatting—the act of registering domain names that infringe on trademarks. While things have improved in China regarding trademark law, a common excuse of China’s cybersquatters is that the Western brand or mark they target isn’t known in China. That defense usually fails when […]

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House.com: Owner shows off where #domain traffic comes from

The domain House.com has been in the possession of Chinese entrepreneur and investor, Yue Dai (Dai Yue.) The Yuming founder operates an impressive domain portfolio that includes numerous LL .com domains and promotes House.com as “an international real estate website” seeking partners worldwide. It’s exactly that worldwide reference that has the House.com registrant all excited; […]

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Numeric domains: 996 is not a great number in China

The Chinese utilize a combination of numbers to denote words and phrases; the system works well with numeric domain names, making them appealing to domain investors in China. How does this work exactly? Words for numbers are homophones for other words, so for example: In Chinese,  number five is pronounced wu, which sounds like wo, […]

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100.com: Perfect number goes on sale

One hundred (100) is a perfect number and the matching .com domain, 100.com, is now up for sale. Registered in 1996, 100.com has been in the possession of Chinese registrants since late 2013. At the time, its Australian registrant sold it, according to DomainTools records. That undisclosed transaction led to a bigger, recorded sale for […]

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Ji.com : Former FMA #domain asset has been sold

The two letter (LL) .com domain JI.com (ji.com) has been sold via the Chinese domain brokerage firm 62.com. Formerly owned by Future Media Architects (FMA) a decade ago, the domain changed hands according to its broker, who announced the closing of the deal: “62.com have completed a transaction for a premium domain ji.com congratulations for […]

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