.coach

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Status: Delegated
Registry: Donuts
Registry Backend: Donuts
Type: Generic
Category: Lifestyle
nTLDStats
Registrations: 13,626
Parked Domains: 8,254
Parked Domain %: 60.58 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 26 November 2014
General Availability: 11 March 2015

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.coach is a new GTLD in ICANN's new gTLD program. It was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 27th November 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[1]

Successful Applicant

  1. Donuts (Koko Island, LLC), filed for 307 TLDs, each via different LLCs. The company is applying for .coach as a generic TLD. Daniel Schindler, EVP for Marketing & Sales at Donuts is the contact person in the application. [2] Their application is a non-brand related application.

Former Applicant

  1. Coach, Inc., a well-known American designer and manufacturer of the luxury handbag Coach and other fashion products. The company filed its application for the string as a Brand gTLD. [3]

Coach, Inc withdrew their application for the string in September 2014.[4]

Objections

An official Legal Rights Objection was filed by the applicant Coach Inc., against fellow applicant Donuts. The objection failed.[5]

A Legal Rights Objection, as defined by the ICANN approved mediator, WIPO, is when, "third parties may file a formal objection to an application on several grounds, including, for trademark owners and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) [..] When such an objection is filed, an independent panel (comprised of one or three experts) will determine whether the applicant’s potential use of the applied-for gTLD would be likely to infringe [..] the objector’s existing trademark, or IGO name or acronym."[6]

Contract signed

On the 9th October 2014, Koko Island, LLC received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .coach after passing the Initial Evaluation.[7]

Delegation

.coach was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 27th November 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[8]


References

  1. ICANN delegated strings Retrieved 7th December 2014.
  2. Donuts Inc eye popping list of 307 new top-level domains
  3. Coach Company Profile
  4. Donuts Beats Trademark Owner to .coach by Kevin Murphy, DomainIncite; Retrieved 12 Sept 2014
  5. LRO Cases, WIPO.int
  6. LRO, WIPO.int Retrieved 25 March 2013
  7. Registry Agreements, ICANN.org Retrieved 07 December 2014
  8. ICANN delegated strings Retrieved 7th December 2014.