In one of the first decisions on an objection filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization against a new top level domain (TLD) application, the complainant, Express, LLC lost to Sea Sunset, a subsidiary of Donuts. Express is a US fashion dealer, and Donuts is one of the so-called “portfolio TLD applicants” that has applied for nearly 300 new TLDs.
Both parties have applied for .express at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
ICANN is currently delegating new top level domains from .ngo to .miami. It has integrated “objections on legal ground” – procedures at WIPO to avoid what can be described as “name squatting” at the top level.