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|10 July 2014
|08 October 2014
Citigroup, applicant for .citi, has filed several comments with ICANN claiming that .citi and .city are not confusingly similar. In several past UDRP cases, however, Citigroup has argued that the two words are confusingly similar, and won, leading to the suspension of domain names using "city" in a manner similar to Citigroup trademarks.
Private Auction Resolves Contention
All applicants for the .city TLD were issued a GAC Early Warning; The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied. Germany issued warnings to all three applicants, while Australia issued warnings to only Dot City Inc. (Radix), and Donuts' Snow Sky, LLC application. Presumably the Australian representative believes that the third applicant, TLD Registry Limited has enumerated sufficient steps to protect geographic names at the second level, given that the other two complaints note this lack of protection as the reason for objection.
Radix received a GAC Early Warning as an entire applicant, where each one of the applicants was flagged by the U.S. Government. This seems to be the only time a portfolio applicant had all of their applications warned. The issue does not deal with the technical capabilities or thematic content of their applications, but rather the inclusion of an email address associated with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation. It seems that Radix included correspondence with this address as a recommendation with each of their applications.
- Is .city confusingly similar to .citi? UDRP says yes, domaincite.com
- Donuts Inc eye popping list of 307 new top-level domains
- Radix, DomainIncite.com
- Millions spent on New gTLDs as 11 contention sets settled, DomainIncite Retrieved 01 May 2014
- City AU, GACweb.ICANN.org
- RadixReg. GACweb.ICANN.org Retrieved 27 Nov 2012