GTLDs and the Trade Marks Clearing House — what brand owners need to do now
As reported last year, the domain name world has been undertaking a radical experiment whereby businesses have been able to apply to own almost any word in any language as a domain ending (a GTLD). This has led to many companies applying to own and run as GTLDs either their own names (.brand) or descriptive terms (.money, .travel) instead of .com or .co.uk. Nearly 2,000 GTLDs were applied for.
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