Original .web gTLD applicant sues ICANN

An article posted yesterday in Domain Incite reveals that the original .web applicant (Image Online Design) has filed a lawsuit against ICANN for control of the .web gTLD namespace.

The IOD complaint claims:

Allowing other entities to file applications for a .web TLD while IOD’s .WEB TLD application was still pending is improper, unlawful and inequitable.

IOD unsuccessfully applied for the .web gTLD in 2000 but says that ICANN never officially rejected its .web bid, and that it should not have allowed other companies to apply for it.

It’s looking for an injunction preventing ICANN awarding .web to any other company, as well as seeking ICANN’s “profits” resulting from the alleged infringement of its mark.

IOD has not reapplied for the gTLD but if they do, there are seven other .web applicants in the current round.

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