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NEWTOWN, PA – August 15, 2001 — Afilias has successfully begun its Sunrise Period, an early registration opportunity for trademark holders worldwide to protect their marks in the new .INFO domain. We have been very encouraged by registrations to date, which include many of world's top brands.
As Sunrise proceeds, it appears that some registrants have attempted to circumvent the eligibility requirements by posing as trademark holders and registering names in advance of the public opening on September 12. Afilias today announced plans to directly challenge certain registrations by using the established Sunrise Challenge process or other mechanisms already in place.
— Former McGraw Hill Exec. To Spearhead Brand & Marketing Strategy for .INFO —
NEWTOWN, PA – July 9, 2001 — Afilias, the company selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate the new .INFO registry, today announced that Roland LaPlante has joined the company as its chief marketing officer. Mr. LaPlante joins Afilias from his most recent position as CMO and Executive Vice President of Xlibris, an Internet publishing company based in Philadelphia.
First .INFO Web site — Afilias.info — to Go Live June 27, 2001
NEWTOWN, PA - June 27, 2001 — Afilias, the registry selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate the new .INFO top-level domain (TLD), today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce entered the .INFO TLD into the domain name system root zone on June 27, 2001, completing the final step in the approval process for the rollout of the first, new unrestricted domain name. .INFO's entrance into the root zone will enable .INFO domain names and Web sites to become live and accessible through Internet browsers. The first of these, launched today, is www.afilias.info.
— .INFO Addresses to be Live by September 19 —
NEWTOWN, PA – June 20, 2001 — Afilias, the registry selected by ICANN to operate the new .INFO top-level domain (TLD), today announced its formal registration schedule, which will commence on July 25, 2001. Registration for .INFO domain names will begin for trademark and service mark holders during the Sunrise Period on July 25, 2001, and will begin for the general public on September 12, 2001. .INFO domain names are expected to become live and accessible through all Internet Web browsers on or about September 19, 2001.
— The initial stage of the .INFO rollout will allow trademark holders to protect their registered marks prior to public registration —
Afilias rolls out beta version of registrar software
New York City– May 5, 2001 — Afilias, the registry selected by ICANN to operate the new .INFO top-level domain (TLD), today announced the first stage of registration for the .info rollout to begin approximately 45 days following the signing of the ICANN contract expected by mid-May and subject to US Department of Commerce approval.
WIPO Will Be The Exclusive Provider Of Dispute Resolution Services for .INFO
NEW YORK, NY – May 3, 2001 – Afilias, the registry selected by ICANN to operate the new .INFO top-level domain (TLD), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today announced an agreement whereby WIPO will provide dispute resolution services for .INFO during the Sunrise Period. The Sunrise Period is a 30-day period, prior to the opening of public registration, where trademark and service mark holders will be able to reserve their exact marks in the .INFO domain.
— Afilias to Discuss Policies Protecting Intellectual Property for the New .INFO Domain —
New gTLD operators to showcase IP protection and trademark holder concerns during a panel discussion at the INTA’s 123rd annual conference.
The seven new top-level domains (TLD) selected by ICANN in November of 2000 are expected to roll out later this year, raising issues about intellectual property (IP) and trademark protection.