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.merck (1)
.merck (2)



This small list of brand domains represents less than one eighth of around 680 pending applications. The potential collective impact on the internet is significant — given the immense resources and market power of these global corporations.

NOTE: IDNs (internationalized domain names) such as brand names in Chinese or Arabic scripts are not currently covered by this site.





Impact Of The Brand Domains

There is no precedent for the dawn of the dot brands.

Somewhere around 680 of the world's most powerful and influential corporations will launch a proprietary brand domain.

No-one truly knows what will happen to the blueprint of the internet.

Collectively, billions of dollars and yuan and euros and yen will be invested to ensure their success.

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General Electric spends many millions of dollars each year in marketing the GE brands and a higher percentage of these marketing dollars are in the online space each year. The .GECOMPANY gTLD may therefore play a large role in the company's future online strategy. General Electric will use large portions of its marketing budget to speed up the process of customer recognition and adoption of .GECOMPANY. General Electric will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the public feels as if the .GECOMPANY gTLD is the place to go for consistent information about GE...

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General Electric. Application for the .gecompany extension.

The reach of the brand domain applicants is quite staggering. Their collective customer and staff base numbers are in the billions. For example just one of the 680 applicants, McDonald's, has 1.7 million employees.

Even before they start spending hundreds of millions launching their new strings, the brand applicants will be able to send out hundreds of millions of opt-in emails to stakeholders. For free.

The .mcdonalds gTLD will promote McDonald's as an innovative organization, help customers to connect with the McDonald's brand online and provide customers with streamlined and easily accessible information.

McDonald's. Application for the .mcdonalds extension.

The implications for communication and outreach are gigantic. Imagine every hamburger and wrapper and drink labelled with a cross-promotional message: "". The company serves 68 million customers every day of the year in 119 countries. Imagine a loyalty program based around every store having a banner "". Imagine a video channel called "" and a private social ecosystem "".

Then multiply that scenario by 500 to get a glimpse of the potential game changing impact. And if it all works, get ready to double it in a few years when another 1,000 companies join the program in the next round.

The rise of the private internets will give birth to undreamed of innovations — and redefine the online landscape. The whole system of internet use, habit and navigation will change as user options multiply dramatically as they seek out new and compelling experiences.

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The branded nature of the TLD will serve as a differentiation force, as a distinctive name space that simplifies users' choice to interact with The Company and/or its Affiliates. For example, many users more likely will be able to directly navigate to intuitive domains and subdomains, saving time and resources from first accessing a search engine.

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Bridgestone. Application for the .bridgestone extension.

For example, if you're a truck owner who likes Bridgestone products, you will be able to simply go to to conduct your research.

The majority of brand domain applicants seem to be looking forward to being able to leverage the trust and authenticity that ownership of a dot brand will enable. Dupont calls it a "seal of quality".

...gTLD AS A SEAL OF QUALITY. The .DUPONT TLD will provide stakeholders of the Applicant with a recognizable and trusted identifier on the Internet.

Dupont. Application for the .dupont extension.

While it is impossible to precisely define the future impact of the brand domains, it is certainly possible to make plausible judgments based on the historical evolution of the generic strings (like .com) and the country code strings (like .de). When corporations like Apple and Toyota set benchmarks with domains like and, others followed.

The deployment of domains like and are certain to have some kind of formidable impact.

The world will quickly take note.

A few compelling experiences like or are certain to break out and drive acceptance.

In the case of "new" or relaunched or re-purposed domain strings like .co and .tv, the existence of major "anchor tenants" has proven to be a key factor. The theory goes that if Apple and Toyota launched major initiatives on and, then others would follow.

So, in light of the fact that around 680 of the globe's major companies are planning dedicated brand domains, ie a substantial core collection of "anchor tenants", the possible impact cannot be underestimated.

Delta believes that by setting higher standards in the industry with a secure and focused Internet presence, the industry as a whole will evolve similarly high standards of service in order to remain competitive. Enhanced competition amongst service providers will drive enhanced service to the consumer.

Delta aims to set the benchmark in the airline industry for communication and service through the Internet.

Delta. Application for the .delta extension.

The brand domains provide unlimited opportunities for the creation of short, relevant and intuitive domain names — fully branded to boot. A domain like passes all the premium tests — it's memorable, intuitive, branded — and mobile friendly.

Another benefit is that second level domains utilized by the FOX Businesses will become shorter. One impact of a dearth of 'good' web addresses has been for them to get longer over time. Using the .FOX TLD not only means the FOX Businesses' can benefit from having an important keyword in their web address, it will also be much faster for Internet users to type in the address, especially when using mobile devices.

Fox. Application for the .fox extension.

Expert domain investors have often debated the merits of "exact match" domains (like versus the merits of "brandables" (like For the first time, the two categories can be combined.

NOTE: The domain 'Fox.movies' is specifically named in the application as a future website that will launch.

The brand domains will very likely lead to collective synergies being gained by the applicants. Given their massive collective media marketing power, and the insatiable appetite for online consumers for new and positive experiences, the advent of the dot brands is sure to create a new paradigm on the internet.

As it seems there will be many other .BRAND TLDs presented to internet users, it is expected that the outreach, communications and media relating to each of them, individually, will lead to collective benefit insofar as many internet users will quickly grasp the concept behind these TLDs, and will expect many companies to operate them in generally consistent ways.

Fujitsu. Application for the .fujitsu extension.

When something new and big happens, like the launch of the brand domains for example, elements of consistency and tradition start to form. Many of the dot brand applications note that they will carefully watch the other applicants and assess consumer views.

In a progression similar to the way mobile phones and many products and services mimic each other over time, the new TLDs will likely mimic each others' initiatives.

To use an example from Fujitsu's application as cited above, the company suggests it will use the domain as one of its websites. It is highly likely that many of the brand domain applicants will use the same model. It's simple, intuitive — and to the collective benefit of all TLD applicants for certain conventions to emerge. Then, we might expect to be able to intuitively visit,, or without using Google.

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Conventions will emerge in the website portfolios of the brand domain owners. For example, if country & territory terms are approved for use (as is expected) — many of the dot brands will quickly deploy them for their obvious intuitive value.

Tiffany believes that the potential use of geographic identifiers at the second level would be an innovative convention and would be highly beneficial for a global company such as Tiffany.

Tiffany. Application for the .tiffany extension.

NOTE: second level = words left of the dot

There are myriad and unforeseen ways the brand domains will be promoted. Public interest is likely to be great once awareness is widespread. Some companies will even create sites dedicated to their new TLDs:

To assist internet users beyond Shell to understand that .SHELL domains are genuine and can be trusted as signposts to authentic information or services, we intend to create a home page for the registry with clear messaging and an enquiry form.

Shell. Application for the .shell extension.

As an example, Tiffany's application specifically mentions the domain name If this convention is widely adopted it will be useful both for the companies and the general public.

IBM's trademark was valued at more than 69 billion dollars by Interbrand in 2011. The company believes its .ibm string will add clarity, consistency and authenticity to its online presence by leveraging the existing power of its core brand.

The ultimate goal is to create domain names that leverage the power of the IBM name, enabling IBM Users to more conveniently and directly access IBM's breadth of products and services, while protecting the IBM brand and reputation...

...Keeping the IBM brand strong and relevant is vital to our continued success. It helps us deliver on our business strategy. It affects the bottom line. It connects us to the past, guides us in the present, and leads us into the future.

IBM. Application for the .ibm extension.

Brand/Domain Relationship

During the evolution of the internet, domains, trademarks and brands have experienced an increasingly inter-connected evolution. Due to their unique exclusivity, domain names can be compared to trademarks even though they don't have the same legal status. A domain can serve as a de facto trademark.

A domain like doesn't need a trademark in a literal sense because the registrant is the sole person in the entire world who can make use of this identifier.

Domains like will advance this issue to a new level.

This principle of inter-connectivity is well understood by expert trademark attorneys:

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Domain names can function like trademarks as source identifiers. This will be especially so with the launch of numerous new gTLDs. Many domain name owners in fact use their domain names as a trademark. The view that domain names are mere addresses with no source-identifying function is a relic of the exclusive .com era.

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Jeffrey I.D. Lewis. American Intellectual Property Law Association

(This comment was made in the context of the proposed new closed generic TLDs rather than the closed brand TLDs - Ed.)

This principle is well understood by some of the world's largest corporations. For example, National Australia Bank has trademarks on its full name in 17 countries and trademarks for "NAB" in five. It owns more than 400 traditional domain names containing these trademarks. It also has 'exact match' registrations in many generic and country code domain extensions such as .com, .net, and .cn.

The bank knows that its proposed new brand TLD is inseparable from its trademarks & brand and has the potential to add significant value.

...NAB's branded keyword gTLD is inherently intertwined with all uses of .nab domain names.

National Australia Bank. Application for the .nab extension.

The Supremacy Of .COM

For some reason, the dot com string emerged as the gold standard of domain strings over the two decades of the evolution of the commercial internet. Everyone knows its mandatory for any international company to own a name like or

That's not going to change anytime soon, but the proportional balance will. The new brand domains will have a big impact. No corporation is going to decommission their dot com domain, but their new brand domains stand a good chance of assuming a comparable status and authority to their dot com sisters. Will that happen within a decade? Who knows?

Domains like,,, and are poised to assume status, trust and prestige that could one day rival their dot com equivalents.

Some applications even discuss the possibility of migrating their content over to their new domains.

Crash Through

A possible consequence of the rise of the brand domains is that it could drive a new resurgence and acceptance of non dot com domain names. Customers of the 680 applicants will become used to going to sites like and

This could somewhat shake the iron grip that dot com names have and drive acceptance of other domain extensions, particularly the promising new generic strings like .game, .hotel and .store.

These new generic TLDs are also discussed on the generic domains page.


Brand names mentioned on this site are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective corporations. This site claims no association with or endorsement by any of these corporations and their marks are mentioned only to illustrate opinion presented in the public interest.

For a comprehensive overview of the brand domains and their impact on the web, refer to ICANN's website and the individual applications (large parts of which are publicly published).

If you have a particular interest in an individual company, the public aspects of their applications are available for download via the following ICANN links: You can also search a complete list of applicants there.

ICANN new gTLD applications

ICANN official website

ICANN list of new TLDs launched to date



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The Brand Domains — it's unprecedented — the advent of around 680 companies launching their own dot brands began in 2014.



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