Ben Crawford
gTLDs have the stigma of being, well, generic, but the one-size-fits-all
strings offer brand names a chance to bag popular terms long-since taken
in .com, explains Ben Crawford of domain industry registry CentralNic

How do brands profit from generic domain names?

There are many ways. Brands can obtain generic ‘keyword’ terms to help capture traffic. If creativity or being technically advanced or disruption is part of your brand values, then new gTLDs convey those messages powerfully. New gTLDs allow brands to start using words on the second level that were locked up by other companies in the old domains. Plus, we are having many discussions with large corporations about the ‘internet of things’ and the domain name system, utilising new gTLDs.

Lastly, CentralNic provides a turnkey solution assisting telecoms companies with selling domain names to their small- and medium-sized enterprise customers, which is gaining traction.

Are gTLDs a good fall-back option for brands that missed out on their own unique TLDs?

Absolutely. Of course, a .brand is the strongest strategy for any brand online, but for the many companies that missed out on their .brands, and for new brands launched after the .brand application deadline, .xyz and some other top gTLDs such as .online and .site are ideal homes for distinctive brands.

The new gTLD .xyz has successfully taken on the brand values of being new and ‘cool’, making it attractive not only for the newly launched Alphabet (which uses as its official site), but for many others too, including the co-founders of Skype, whose latest venture is at

Are brands convinced by the pull of gTLDs?

Technology companies are convinced. Savvy early adopters are. I went to a newly opened restaurant in Sydney recently using a .wtf domain, which seems perfect for a venue with innovative cuisine and an edgy attitude.

And brands in industries serviced by .industry domains with restrictions to protect consumers are starting to use the likes of .bank, .law and .tickets.

How are new gTLD registration rates faring?

The gTLD market is accelerating as overall domain sales rates are higher than they have ever been in history. New gTLDs aren’t a novelty news story now, they are the fastest growing part of the infrastructure of the internet itself.

What’s new for the gTLD market?

More visible websites. And of course we are seeing the first .brand websites, such as Usage will increase awareness, which will in turn cause further usage with a snowball effect.

What is likely the most popular gTLD for 2016?

.Xyz will continue to dominate and by the end of the year, it will disrupt the .com/.net/,org trinity that has dominated the gTLD landscape for 20 years.

The latest interviews from IPPro The Internet
The latest features from IPPro The Internet
The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands provides a path to copyrightability for pictorial or graphical elements of clothing designs and useful articles. Laura Ganoza and Julie McGinnis of Foley & Lardner explain
As Brexit negotiations begin, it is still unclear where trademarks fit in. But, with two years to get a good deal, the UK government needs to consider all aspects
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Rights holders that want to protect their valuable intellectual property have to be willing to change
Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are not being used to their full potential, according to IPzen’s Julia Cytrynbaum
India's copyright societies are subject to interim measures that boost transparency. DPS Parmar and Aniruddh Singh of LexOrbis report
Courts are wrestling with the legal definition of users of social networks. Nathalie Dreyfus examines how they have done so far
The BRICS IP Forum and the IP Summit allowed intellectual property professionals to reflect on a topsy-turvy 2016, and hope for a simpler 2017
Experts discuss what brands can do to protect their trademarks online during the Cyber Monday sales, with fakes widely available
Country profiles
The latest country profiles from IPPro The Internet
While Indian fair use is not explicit, provisions exist for the fair dealing of copyright. Rohit Singh and Tina Canneth of Abu-Ghazeleh Intellectual Property delve deeper
An interpretation of the current events exception in Radosavljević is creative, say BDK Advokati's Bogdan Ivanišević and Marko Popović
IPPro Patents

Visit our sister site
for all the latest IP patents news and analysis
Yu-Li Tsai of Deep & Far examines how damages are calculated in patent infringement litigation
A recent amendment will make costly annulments a thing of the past. Gilberto Sanchez of SPECyF explains
New legislation in Turkey promises a swathe of trademark changes. Dr Cahit Suluk of Cahit Suluk Intellectual Property Law Firm explains
A trademark decision clarified ‘against the public order’ as an absolute ground for refusal. Sár and Partners – Danubia Patent & Law Office reports
Bogdan Ivanišević and Marko Popović of BDK Advokati review the recent squabble about copyright protection for ‘routinely created photos’
Alston & Bird recently expanded with a new office focusing on counselling Chinese companies on US intellectual property law. Yitai Hu explains what patent owners face when working across borders