Welcome to the latest Domain Movers, where DotWeekly focuses on corporate domain name transactions and movements.
Today’s list doesn’t have a large amount of purchases and contains some domains just moving around, but still some registrations and purchases. I got a bit distracted today doing some other research that I may announce at some point, but it’s not a good thing and if my findings are what they look like, it’s just bad!
The Procter & Gamble Company continues to “fix” domains they had on SedoParking name servers for years. This started with Clean.com that I mentioned earlier and now 3 more have moved off SedoParking. These include Dry.com, Bis.com and Brighten.com, yet the domains now simply resolve to a blank page. Like the domains in the past they have recently fixed, these domains have been on SedoParking name servers since 2008 and did not appear to actually be listed on Sedo, likely meaning any parking revenue if that was the case, was going directly to Sedo and not the domains owner, P&G! P&G may be up to something with these domains, but that picture isn’t yet painted. Clean.com they are redirecting to Tide.com, so we will see what they do with these. If they are not core assets, there is potential that P&G may sell some.
Evivo.com appears to have been sold by RWE AG. The domain name has transferred out of CSC Corporate Domains to GoDaddy under privacy protection and appears to be redirecting to Evivo.de
Colgate-Palmolive Company added to its 1,300+ domain names and registered ColgateHydris.com, which would appear to be a new product of some sort. The company filed a trademark for Hydris on April 15, 2016. The trademark states “Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices”. The company doesn’t appear to own Hydris.com currently, but interestingly enough, the domain name dropped and was grabbed by DropCatch on March 27, 2016 just prior to the TM filing. The domain is on Uniregistry name servers.
Banking.com which is owned by Digital Insight (NCR), switched from Ultra DNS name servers to Verisign name servers.
Johnson & Johnson has acquired Tondelva.com, likely from a trademark chaser! The domain was registered on April 7, 2016, the same day J&J filed a TM for Tondelva. The domain was registered by Shanshan Huang of China and parked with Sedo. I did not see a UDRP filed for it.
PeopleCenter.com has been acquired by Open Text Corporation. The domain name was owned by GoDaddy and part of its NameFind portfolio.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, who appear to have acquired the 3 letter domain LMI.com in early 2014, appear to have started using it. The domain redirects to LibertyMutualGroup.com and appears to be used for email as well.
Stichting Nelson Mandela Kinderfonds of the Netherlands has acquired PowerGirls.com from GoDaddy’s NameFind and have put the domain to use already, announcing a February 2018 launch date for “The new national programme to empower girls from disadvantaged communities all across South Africa.”
BoardTronics Inc. has acquired SuperParts.com, also from GoDaddy’s NameFind. The company owned a trademark for circuit boards using the brand name SuperParts but it appears to have expired in 2006.
Allergan, Inc. registered BeyondMyMeds.com
CIT Group Inc. registered a slew of “North Bridge” typo domain names and many North Bridge Credit related domains. NorthBridge.com is currently owned by North Bridge Venture Partners and doesn’t appear to be connected to CIT.
Zuffa, LLC, the owners of the UFC allowed UFCN.com to expire and the domain name was picked up on the drop by LakeODomains.com, LLC and is currently being auctioned on NameJet as that registrar is owned by Web.com.
LVMH is launching a new ecommerce website and is using the physical address of the Left Bank department store as its name. This results in 24Sevres.com. I’m personally never a fan of number+ word domain names as they are hard to type, can sound different than they are and more. Here is more info on this June 2017 launch of the site.
Fidget Spinner’s continue to be the latest craze! FidgetSpinner.com was registered on October 16, 2016 by Untilted3D and they have a store up on it offering 3D printed spinners. IMO, these are not the ones people are mainly buying, so I would switch coarse with the site and put some marketing behind it before the craze dies down. Now brands are jumping into the game and want there logo’s on Fidget Spinner’s for promotional items. This is yielding new websites being created, domains being registered and even new businesses formed as highlighted here. One interesting note mentioned in the article, as of May 4, 2017, 17 of the top 20 best selling toys on Amazon were fidget spinners!