Although none of Verisign’s objections have been posted officially, TheDomains.com has learned that Verisign, the company that runs the .com and .net registry has filed additional objections based on “confusion to” .com and .net”.
According to our sources, Verisign which we reported the other day objected to .Cam & .Bom, now has also objected to .Network, .Company and .Vet.
As we wrote about on a couple of days ago it seems that Verisign may have filed objections to any new gTLD string related to .com and now .net.
In the .Cam and .Bom instances, as we discussed over the weekend, Verisign is citing a survey which showed that 39% of Internet users were confused between .com and .cam as well as .com and .bom, but that would mean 61% of Internet users were not confused and of course the new gTLD’s haven’t even been launched as of yet.
According to our source, Verisign is citing only 12% of Internet users were confused between .Net and .Vet yet an objection was filed.
We expect to receive the objection letters tomorrow to the strings, including the surveys cited by and apparently commissioned by Verisign.
There is still no word on whether Verisign objected to .Bet which has several applications, but we would expect to see an objection from Verisign based on what we have seen.
Also at least for us, there is a huge question of why none of these Verisign objections are showing on the sites of the providers that are handling the objections for ICANN when the objection period closed on March 13th and its now March 18th.
As for the new gTLD of .Vet there is only one applicant and according to it, .VET “appeals to a broad and diverse group of registrants, including veterinary surgeons and physicians, and other medical practitioners devoted to the care of pets and animals. ”
“The term also refers to veterinary clinics, educational institutions, providers of veterinary products and supplies, veterinary science periodicals, and others operating in the veterinary field.:
“The term VET also refers to persons with significant experience in an area or field, including those with military service records. Finally, there are dozens of alternate and established meanings for this term, including acronyms and other means of usage. This TLD would be operated in the best interests of registrants from all jurisdictions, and in a secure, legitimate manner.”
Certainly the meaning and purpose and difference of .Vet to .Net is quite clear, as is the difference between .cam and .com.
The biggest objector to .Company could be argued to be .Co but they in fact have not objected, but Verisign has based on .Com which has always represented Commerce so we are confused where that objection is coming from.
All of this begs the bigger question is if .Co and .Cm were allowed to exist, terms which arguably have a much higher likelihood of confusion to .com, isn’t Verisign a little late to the party?