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Fight brewing over .MLS Web domain

Operator of MLS.com opposes application by group of 54 MLSs
Published on Feb 28, 2012

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comments from John Jennison, a patent attorney representing Nanning Billin Network Ltd. and MLS Network Inc. According to Jennison, William Hicken is no longer the owner of the service mark "MLS," having sold it to Nanning Billin after renewing the mark in October.     Multiple listing services that have banded together in the hopes of creating and managing a new generic top-level Internet domain -- .MLS -- say they expect opposition from the company that owns and operates MLS.com.A total of 54 MLSs representing more than half of U.S. MLS subscribers have joined the MLS Domains Association, which was formed in 2010 and plans to apply this year to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to create and manage the ".MLS" top-level domain.If ICANN grants the nonprofit group the authority to manage a new ".MLS" domain, the MLS Domains Association says it would permit only MLSs and Re...

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