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Sparks fly at blockchain domain panel during NamesCon

Rival protocols argue over name collisions. A panel about blockchain domain names at NamesCon today devolved into a fight between Handshake proponents and Unstoppable Domains founder Brad Kam. Unstoppable Domains recently sued a technology provider that introduced second level .wallet domains based on the Handshake system. Unstoppable offers a competing .wallet extension in its own […]

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Unstoppable Domains asks for injunction against “counterfeit” Handshake .wallet domain

Company argues first to offer second level blockchain domains in a TLD should get exclusive rights to it. After filing a lawsuit against Gateway.io over the Handshake .wallet domain two weeks ago, Unstoppable Domains has asked the court for a preliminary injunction (pdf) to stop the sale of the competing domains. In its request, Unstoppable […]

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Unstoppable Domains raises $65 million, valuing it as a Unicorn

Company raises funds that could be used to fight legal battles and bid on the next round of new top level domains at ICANN. Unstoppable Domains has raised a $65 million series A funding at a $1 billion valuation, the company announced today. The company provides blockchain-based domain names ending in extensions like .crypto, .nft, […]

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Reminder: you can’t trademark a top level domain in the U.S.

It’s time for another reminder about a failed trademark strategy. With news of Unstoppable Domains’ lawsuit filed week, and another couple of other entities applying to trademark blockchain top level domains, it’s time for another reminder: The USPTO doesn’t approve trademarks for top level domains (with one exception, which I’ll discuss later). The U.S. Patent […]

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Unstoppable Domains threatens rival Handshake domain name

A dispute between blockchain domain name owners is a preview of what’s to come. Blockchain domain name company Unstoppable Domains has threatened to sue a Handshake domain name service for offering registrations under the .wallet Handshake domain name. The company sent a cease & desist letter (PDF) to Gateway.io, a company that acts as a […]

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Another company enters the blockchain domain game

Where have I seen this idea before? Another group is throwing its hat into the ring to offer blockchain-based domain names. Quik is launching 10 alt-root domain name extensions, including .metaverse, .vr, .chain, .address, .i, .bored, .dog, .shib, .btc and .web3. The company’s model most closely resembles Unstoppable Domains, which offers domains ending in extensions […]

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Alt-root blockchain domains discussed at recent ICANN meeting

Why are they gaining steam and what does it mean for “real” top level domains? There was a bit of discussion about blockchain-based domains at ICANN 73 this month. The concept of an alt root is as old as ICANN, and previous iterations of these have failed to obtain the popularity necessary to compete with […]

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Top 5 stories: Web3, blockchain domains, Canvas.com and more

Miss any of last month’s domain name news?  Here are the top five posts on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by pageviews. 1. Judge orders Canvas.com to stop using its domain name – this is an ongoing story that will have some fireworks this week. Canvas continues to use canvas.com after a U.S. District […]

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