Brian King

Head of Policy and Advocacy, Intellectual Property Group

Clarivate domain survey reveals a 10% increase in cyber-attacks

Clarivate has once again surveyed global business leaders about the importance of domain names to their organizations, including the role of domains as intellectual property (IP) assets. The 2020 survey followed up on our 2019 survey, revealing key year-over-year trends in how organizations manage, secure and budget for domain names. In this blog, we review […]

A best practice approach to domain security

MarkMonitor recently conducted its final instalment of ‘office hours’: a series of interactive, Q&A focused webinars highlighting the most pressing topics in domain management today.   The MarkMonitor™ office hours series, following a university office hours model, provide MarkMonitor customers the ability to ask questions on a variety of domain-related topics with real-time answers from […]

Introducing the MarkMonitor Domains for Good program

Clarivate is excited to announce our new MarkMonitor Domains for Good program, developed specifically for nonprofits and other mission-driven, for-good organizations.   Nonprofits, B Corporations and other mission-driven organizations face unique challenges on the internet. Problems range from cybersecurity threats targeting an organization’s digital assets to fraud aimed at donation intake and charitable and philanthropic […]

Protecting your brand with domain blocking

MarkMonitor recently conducted its third installment of ‘office hours’: a series of interactive, Q&A focused webinars highlighting the most pressing topics in domain management today.   The MarkMonitor™ office hours series, following a university office hours model, provides MarkMonitor customers the ability to ask questions on a variety of domain-related topics with real-time answers from […]

EPDP update: tentative policy at a crossroads

ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) recently reached a milestone in its work to address the problem of how to access domain name registration data (formerly known as WHOIS) in a way that complies with privacy laws, including Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The EPDP Phase 2 Final Report contains 22 “policy recommendations,” which, […]

MarkMonitor holds inaugural office hours, focused on .brand gTLDs

Our MarkMonitor team recently conducted its first installment of ‘office hours’: a series of interactive, Q&A focused webinars highlighting the most pressing topics in domain management today. The MarkMonitor™ office hours series, following a university office hours model, provide MarkMonitor customers the ability to ask questions on a variety of domain-related topics with real-time answers […]

Sunset for .XXX Blocks Brings Powerful New Blocking Tool for Adult TLDs

2021 brings the 10-year anniversary of most Sunrise B blocks, and with it the expiration of the blocks. If Sunrise B block holders do not act prior to expiration, their brands will become available for registration in the .xxx TLD by any third party. In 2011, brand owners faced an unprecedented challenge. A new internet […]

ICANN board rejects sale of .org’s public interest registry

As registrar for many of the best .org domain names on the internet, MarkMonitor tracks industry developments to help customers make the best decisions. On April 30, 2020 ICANN’s Board of Directors held a special meeting to decide whether to approve a change of control request relating to Public Interest Registry (PIR), the domain name […]

The next generation of WHOIS is born

Today marks a milestone in the decades-long effort to improve how domain name ownership data is structured and processed. Replacing traditional Port 43 WHOIS, the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is the new mechanism by which domain name ownership information will be shown going forward. Where did this come from? Domain name registration data, commonly […]