Trademarks & Domains

Nominet stakeholder committee member: What’s the fuss about a new UK domain?

By at January 3, 2013 | 12:41 pm | 0 Comment

Dave Thomas, head of Sedo UK and a member of Nominet’s stakeholder committee, gives another take on Nominet’s consultation, assessing potential impact on UK business.

I did some comparison using SEDO’s trading history of the Spanish domain market comparing to .es – it is clearly to me that there is now a preference for .es over This indicates that there’s a real appetite from businesses and consumers to migrate over time to a shorter direct name space. Although, on the other hand, if you consider that the United States launched a shorter name space in 1985, when the internet was in its infancy, it has had little or no real effect as the majority of US companies and consumers prefer using .com to this day. Therefore, we are in the dark whether will have an impact on the value of

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Guardian , Nominet .UK Consultation , Press Reports UK , Trademarks & Domains

Nominet Trademark Application for

By at November 5, 2012 | 10:33 pm | 0 Comment

See what Nominet are applying for:
Nominet: trademark – Case details for Trade Mark 2631157

Nominet .UK Proposals , Trademarks & Domains

Trademarks – Your Friend?

By at November 2, 2012 | 11:04 am | 0 Comment

Trademark law is complex and varies from country to country.
It is also open to abuse.

Nominet’s current consultation on Direct.UK – the release of domain names directly under .UK (eg. BBC.UK) aims to give trademark holders priority over existing domain holders in the allocation of names.

Before you read further please have a look at why respected domain investor Edwin Hayward thinks this is a bad idea.

Below a few articles about trademarks:
Spring 2012 – Beating Trademark Squatters At Their Own Game
Spring 2012 – Website Hits Not Enough to Prove Goodwill in UK (relevant to non-trademark holders)

Trademarks & Domains


Please note the content on this website may have been written before the final version of the release rules by Nominet. There were two consultations in October 2012 & July 2013 and the final version was published in November 2013. Dot uk was launched on 10th June 2014 and the official current .UK rules can be found here: