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Koch Org. Gets StandTogether.com in Advance of Rebrand

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The Washington Post reported that The Seminar Network, a non-profit organization founded and funded by billionaire Charles Koch, is being rebranded as Stand Together. Wisely, the organization acquired the brand match StandTogether.com domain name in advance of the rebranding.

Media Options Seeking Pet Domain Name

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Media Options sent out its newsletter this morning with a domain name buy request. According to the newsletter, Media Options has a client seeking to buy a valuable generic/descriptive pet domain name. The buyer has a budget of up to $250,000, but it could be a bit more or much less depending on the quality of the submissions.

Below is the full newsletter purchase request. It is important to use your good judgment about what to send because it is pretty clear their buyer has something specific in mind.

Register Domain Names Before Filing for TM!

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In my article about checking for trademarks, Jackie asked, “Why do you prefer trademarkia.com over trademark247.com?” The simple reason is that I had not used the other website before but found Trademarkia.com to be effective enough to continue using it. Essentially, it gave me the information I was seeking and I did not have a need to search around to find something else.

This morning, I visited Trademark247.com to see if it offered anything that would add more value to me. One thing I noticed on that website is a link to recent trademark filings. I am not sure if Trademarkia has that information, but I have not seen it before.

Close Discussion How it Acquired Close.com

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Close, a company that had been operating on Close.io, recently announced that it acquired the brand match Close.com domain name. The purchase price and other details about the acquisition were not shared, but I think closing a deal on Close.com was a smart move for the company that is now known simply as Close. This slight branding change was made more possible because of its acquisition of Close.com.

Bonvoy.com Acquired via CSC

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Marriott has been advertising its new loyalty and rewards program called Bonvoy, which was created to merge Marriott’s loyalty program with Starwood’s loyalty program following its acquisition of Starwood. The call to action in the television commercial I have seen numerous times is “Join at Marriott.com.” Based on a Whois changed I noticed yesterday, it is possible that the primary domain name for Bonvoy is going to change in the near future.

Ammar Kubba Shares Rationale Behind 5 Figure .IO Purchase

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On Saturday evening, Ammar Kubba shared a screenshot of his mobile phone home screen with an email notification from American Express Platinum showing a purchase of $18,888 at Park.io. In his tweet, Ammar asked people to guess what he just bought. What was most surprising to me wasn’t that Ammar spent nearly $20k on a .IO domain name, but that Ammar doesn’t use an AmEx Centurion card:

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