Volume of .PRO Domains Increase by 220% in Two Years

.PRO Domains Rise 39% From 2011 to 2012, Compared to 8% .COM Increase

.PRO Domains Rise 39% From 2011 to 2012, Compared to 8% .COM Increase

The .PRO domain’s popularity is rising. Licensed professionals looking to brand themselves online are securing their preferred names at an amazing rate – and their interest in the .com domain is in a steady decline – especially, as their preferred names are rarely available in .com.

According to the most recently published ICANN reports:
– There was an increase in .PRO one-year registrations of 140% this year over last year – in comparison, there was less than a 9 % increase in .COM one-year registrations from 2011 to 2012.
– Although .PRO is experiencing fantastic growth, there are still thousands of great names available. Consider this: there are approximately 150,000 .PRO domain names registered. In comparison, there are over 100 million .COM names registered. To increase the likelihood of securing your preferred name, pick .PRO over .COM.
– The total number of .pro domains continue to rise. The total number of .pro domains increased by nearly 39% from 2011 to 2012, while the total number of .com domains has only risen 8%.
– Over a two year period, there has been an increase in .pro domains of nearly 220% (from 2010 -present)

EnCirca is the leading .PRO registrar. We are now offering a special price on first-year registrations that will expire at the end of August. Visit http://www.encirca.com/html/pro-domains.shtml for more details.

$2.99 for .PRO domains: Final days of low pricing

On May 1st, .PRO prices will return to the standard price of $14.95, but until then, you can secure a .PRO domain for $2.99.

.Pro domains have proven to be a hot commodity. In fact,  woman.pro recently sold at auction for $645, campaign.pro was sold to the highest bidder for $204 and french.pro was sold for $160. Register your .PRO preferred name before the May 1st deadline and score a great deal.
Upcoming .pro domains that are currently up for auction include:
At EnCirca, we also keep up to date on the latest expirations, deletions and auctions and we offer free RSS feeds for all this information. The feeds contain adds and deletes for the past seven days and are updated daily. For deleted domains, visit: http://www.encirca.com/feed/html/domains-pro-deleted.html
Licensed professionals from anywhere in the world are eligible to register dot-pro domain names on a first-come, first-served basis. Dot-pro domain names work just like dot-com domains, with the ability to create fully featured websites and email addresses.
A business or professional may register their trademarks, industry keywords, search engine terms, company names, or marketing slogans. There is no limit to how many dot-pro domain names an individual or company can register. Types of businesses and professions eligible for dot-pro include: Lawyers, Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, Architects, Dentists, Educators, Chiropractors, Veterinarians, Surveyors, Plumbers, Inspectors, Investment Advisors, Real Estate Brokers, Insurance Brokers, Nurses, Opticians, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, Building Contractors, Electricians, Patent and Trademark Examiners, Court Reporters, Police and Fire Safety Officers and any other profession where an official credential is required for a business or individual to offer services.

EnCirca, Inc Announces A Perfect Success Rate For The .xxx Sunrise

Trademark Owners Have Just 10 Days Before Sunrise Is Over

Today, EnCirca announced it has achieved a perfect success rate in pre-validating trademark applications for the .xxx sunrise period*.

Trademark owners get only one chance to get it right to block their trademark in the new .xxx domain.  So, pre-validation is essential.  EnCirca attributes its success through the use of the Trademark Fact Check analysis service.

Trademark Fact Check automatically screens sunrise applications for over 20 different criteria required by the .xxx registry.  Its scope is global with real-time searching of 65 national and regional trademark databases.

In previous sunrise periods, it was reported that up to 50 percent of applications were rejected as a result of errors. So far for the .xxx sunrise, the registry is reporting a rate of 20 percent.

In comparison to these results, EnCirca’s success using Trademark Fact Check is notable:

-100% of the sunrise applications that passed the Trademark Fact Check analysis have been approved by the .xxx validation agent.

-Trademark Fact Check has covered 99% of the trademark jurisdictions submitted by trademark owners

-Over 90% of sunrise applications have come from just 20 jurisdictions.

Trademark owners need to act quickly before sunrise ends on October 28.  Pre-validation of their applications should be one of the criteria used in selecting their registrar.

To register your trademark, visit www.encirca.com.

Stuck with .com?

Included a “.com” in your trademark registration? It would seem like a tattoo obtained during a wild spring break, you’re stuck with it.

It’s just one of the trademark practices from the dot-com era that is tripping up trademark owners for the .xxx sunrise period.

Many trademarks include a “.com”.  However, during the .XXX Sunrise, trademark owners cannot drop letters to obtain a domain.  So, a trademark such as “example.com” is eligible for “examplecom.xxx” but not for “example.xxx”.

This policy goes against many other standards. For instance, the trademark industry, including the dispute policy, federal courts and the USPTO, long ago decided that for a trademark that included an extension, the extension was immaterial.

But under the rules for the .XXX sunrise, a trademark like “tm.com” is not eligible for “tm.xxx”.  It would be eligible only for “tmcom.xxx”.  Simply dropping the “.com” is not allowed.

However, there is solution for trademark owners.  They can file an amendment 7 with the USPTO to have the “.com” removed from their trademark.  There is still time to do this before the .xxx sunrise period ends.

The change will also benefit trademark owners in the up-coming ICANN trademark clearinghouse as well.

Thomson CompuMark & EnCirca Help Clients “Opt-Out” During .XXX Sunrise

This morning, we announced a special .XXX “opt-out” process to help brand owners block the use of their registered trademarks in the new adult-orientated domain. Brand owners have until October 28th to protect their marks. To learn more about the special opt-out page, visit: http://www.encirca.com/tcm/

We worked with Thomson Compumark to develop a special product to help allow those not involved in the adult entertainment industry opt-out of participation in the .XXX domain.

The Sunrise B period is specifically for those outside of the adult entertainment industry interested in blocking and protecting their trademarks from being registered by others. It is very important for brand owners to act during the Sunrise B period because after October 28, 2011, all remaining .XXX domain names will become available to register by the general public. This means that any unprotected brands could be attached to a .XXX domain.

EnCirca is uniquely positioned to assist Thomson CompuMark because we are pre-validating all sunrise applications with technology that mirrors the Registry’s validation checks for the .XXX sunrise period. By determining eligibility and detecting conflicts between government trademark databases and .XXX sunrise applications, customers will be able to correct their applications before registry fees are incurred.

In addition, we are still offering a money-back guarantee for trademark owners applying for the .XXX sunrise period. Visit our .XXX page for all the details!

Avoid this trap with .XXX

The .XXX sunrise period ends October 28. But the deadline to provide documentation is November 2. Avoid this trap!

The .XXX sunrise period ends October 28.  But the deadline to provide documentation is November 2.  Avoid this trap!
Make sure your application and documentation are completed and submitted at the same time.  That way, you know they are consistent.
There are no second chances.  You are not allowed to make any corrections to your application once it is submitted.
Documentation is required for licensees, assignees and trademark owners from countries that the validation agent cannot verify online.
They have not published the list of countries this includes.
EnCirca is offering a money-back guarantee if your application is rejected by the validation agent.  For more details, see encirca.com/xxx

Registrars will accept your sunrise applications now through  October 28.  But the deadline to provide required documentation is November 2.  Avoid this trap!

Make sure your application and documentation are completed and submitted at the same time.  That way, you know they are consistent and will not cause an issue during validation.

Remember, there are no second chances.  You are not allowed to make any corrections to your application once it is submitted.  So, if your trademark record or license has conflicting information, you are stuck.

Some registrars won’t care when you submit your documentation, since they are not offering any guarantee or refund.

Documentation is required for licensees, assignees and trademark records from countries that the validation agent cannot verify online.  The registry has not published the list of countries this includes.  So, get a copy yourself to review and have it handy in case your registrar asks.

EnCirca is offering a money-back guarantee if your application is rejected by the validation agent.  For more details, see http://www.encirca.com/xxx.

.Jobs Poised to Offer New Listing Service for Employers

The .Jobs Registry is poised to offer a new jobs listing service for employers after ICANN’s reaffirmation of their registry service request. To take advantage of this new service, employers must first register a .Jobs domain, such as companyname.jobs.

Employers will have soon have a new option for advertising their jobs listings, provided they have a dot-Jobs domain name.   A proposal by the dot-Jobs registry to distribute job listings to a network of portals was approved by ICANN back in August but was being challenged by job board operators, such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com.  The ICANN Reconsideration Committee last week decided in favor of the dot-Jobs Registry.

To take advantage of this service, employers must first register a dot-Jobs domain, such as companyname.jobs.  Secure your companyname.jobs domain here.

For the full decision and rationale from ICANN, you can visit: http://icann.org/en/committees/reconsideration/bgc-recommendation-09dec10-en.pdf

.Travel to release one & two character names

The .travel Registry has announced two important new changes to the Registry.

One and Two-Character Names Release: On August 5, 2010 the ICANN Board approved a proposal by .travel for the release of all one and two-character domain names. The Registry is now preparing a release program conforming to the terms of its proposal. The Registry anticipates that the release program will be announced late in September. Registrars and registrants will have ample opportunity to review the terms of the program before the first names are available for registration.

Important Policy Changes: The Registry and its travel industry representative body have approved two new policy changes. These changes will go into effect on September 20, 2010 after a 30-day notice period.

The first of these changes adds an industry sector to the list of those travel industry participants who are eligible to register a .travel domain name. This sector is “Creators and providers of travel and tourism products, services and content” This sector definition makes it easier to determine eligibility since it does not require that an applicant fit within named types, but rather identifies them by their travel-related activities.

The second change allows the Registry to provide incentives for use of .travel domain names. The Registry has not put in place a program of incentives, but while such a program is developed the Registry has suspended the requirement that .travel domain names must be used within 12 months of registration.

Contact EnCirca at support@encirca.com if you have any questions.

.Co Sunrise for Trademark Owners starts today!

.Co Sunrise for Trademark Owners starts today!

Today is the day! .Co Sunrise for trademark owners has begun. Registered trademark owners can apply to reserve their trademarks via EnCirca.com.

The suffix .co is universally recognized as an abbreviation for company. In a recent .co registry survey, 75 percent of respondents equated .co with “company”, “corporation,” or “commerce.” In fact, nearly 50 countries use .co as a second level domain name to depict just that, such as co.uk and co.jp (see EnCirca’s list of countries that use .co as a sub-domain below.)

Companies looking to protect their trademark internationally will want to move quickly to protect their brand and trademarks as .co will not be a restricted domain – it will be open to all. By participating in the Sunrise period, you’ll have first dibs on your preferred name to help develop or secure your brand online.

So, don’t delay! Get in before the rush and reserve your trademark or brand name today with EnCirca. The Sunrise period for global trademark holders is from April 26th through June 10th and is followed by Landrush for anyone interested in .co from June 21st through July 13th.

To check out more about .co, visit EnCirca’s .co domain page.

How many countries use .co as a sub-domain?

Now that the country of Colombia is re-purposing its .co country-code top-level domain name for unrestricted international use, we wondered how many other countries reserve .co for commercial or company domain names.  We found nearly fifty different countries or regions that actively offer, or have reserved, a .co domain name space for commercial or company use.

Here’s EnCirca’s list of countries that reserve .co for commercial or company domain names:

Angola – co.ao

Armenia – co.am

Antigua and Barbuda – co.ag

Austria – co.at

Burundi – co.bi

Botswana – co.bw

Cameroon – co.cm

Channel Islands-Jersey – co.je

Cook Islands – co.ck

Costa Rica – co.cr

Greenland – co.gl

Guyana – co.gy

Hungary – co.hu

India – co.in

Indonesia – co.id

Iran – co.ir

Isle of Man – co.im

Israel – co.il

Italy – co.it

Japan – co.jp

Korea – co.kr

Lesotho – co.ls

Malawi – co.mw

Mauritius – co.mu

Morocco – co.ma

Mozambique – co.mz

Namibia – co.na

Netherlands – co.nl

New Zealand – co.nz

Oman – co.om

Pitcairn – co.pn

Palau – co.pw

Romania – co.ro

Saint Lucia – co.lc

Serbia – co.rs

South Africa -co.za

Tajikistan – co.tj

Tanzania – co.tz

Thailand – co.th

Trinidad and Tobago – co.tt

Uganda – co.ug

United Kingdon – co.uk

US Virgin Islands – co.vi

Uzbekistan – co.uz

Venezuela – co.ve

Zambia – co.zm

Zimbabwe – co.zw

Let us know if there should be any updates to this list.  To learn  more about the .co re-launch, please see http://www.encirca.com/html/co-reg.shtml