By Zak Muscovitch. When I saw that a domain name dispute had been filed with WIPO for Nespresso.cat, I thought maybe the .CAT was a typo. 



With all the daily announcements about  new GTLD’s  these days, one could be forgiven for incorrectly believing that ICANNN had perhaps made an announcement that we all missed. In reality however, this TLD was approved in 2005 and there have been a handful of domain name disputes already:

WIPO Case Number Domain name(s) Complainant Respondent Decision
D2013-0860 nespresso.cat Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. Case active
D2010-2202 bellaterra.cat Entidad Municipal Descentralizada de Bellaterra Francesc Pérez Torres (SROW – 1385681) Complaint denied
D2007-1196 caixalaietana.cat Caixa D’Estalvis Laietana Victor Manuel Pendas Suarez Transfer
D2007-1119 marieclaire.cat MARIE CLAIRE ALBUM Narcis Subils Pages Transfer
D2007-0784 bmw.cat Bayerische Motoren Werke AG Carlos Requena Algarra Transfer
D2007-0168 coeic.cat
coeic.com
coeic.info
coeic.net
Col.legi Oficial d’Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya Col.legi Oficial d’Enginyers en Informàtica de Catalunya (COEIC) Complaint deni
  • There are apparently some registration requirements for this TLD, such as these ones according to Wikipedia:

  • already have content in Catalan published online.
  • have access to a special code (sometimes called ENS), issued during special promotions or by agreements with certain institutions.
  • develop activities (in any language) to promote the Catalan culture and language.
  • are endorsed by 3 people or 1 institution already using a .cat domain name.

But as Wikipedia points out, it has also been used for some “cat hacks” such as lol.cat, cypto.cat, and nyan.cat.