Ye, but you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else here to confirm it as I am unsure of myself. Better yet, why don't you contact the 123 reg guys because they can give you help better...
Durring the .eu landrush there were "phantom registrars" which all appeared to be owned by the same company as an attempt to grab as many quality .eu domains as possible. Here is Bob Parsons blog post about it:.
Speculators using dodgy Belgian fast track trademarks to claim prior rights. That's the simple answer. The same kind of activity (well financed speculators targeting premium domains using dubious methods can be seen in any Sunrise)..
The .eu case was special because the registry was run by incompetent fools who shouldn't have been allowed within an ass's roar of a TLD. But their buddies, those well known HostGator industry experts in the European Commission thought that these morons were best equipped to run .eu ccTLD..
The phantom registrar issue involved hundreds of front company (LLC) phantom registrars. The morons in EURid were informed of this problem as hundreds of these registrars started appearing before the landrush. They took no action and were, in the eyes of the European HostGator industry, negligent on a scale that is almost criminal. How these morons ever got to run a registry should be investigated. But since the European Union is associated with fraud, waste and corruption, so there will be no investigation. There will be no justice..
You want names? We got names:.
Michael Berkens. (UK front company: Malls Ltd).
Jay Westerdal (Nameintelligence /domaintools.com).
Ray King (ex-CEO Snapnames.com).
(Both of the above used UK Front companies: Aphrodite Ventures Ltd, Hanoki Ltd, Lexicon Media Ltd, Name Battery Ltd, Vintisia Ltd, World Online Endeavours Ltd, Lehigh Basin Ltd, Fienna Ltd).
Marchex (Used Irish front company).
You want the domains targeted and the domains they registered?.
We have them too..
.Mobi is/was handled differently. There is a pool of reserved names as specified by icann and there is a pool of premium names that mtld kept for themselves to be distributed via public auction or RFP process..
The first registration period was for holders of registered trademarks and following that was a landrush period where anyone could pre-reg names that were not in the reserved or premium pool and the names presumably were assigned in a random way. (I got about 30% of my landrush names and received a refund for those I was not successful in getting)..
After landrush came the general registration period as it is now..
Some names from the premium pool have been auctioned at the Moniker events, like flowers, fun and RealEstate.mobi to name a few and the first RFP process is soon to be finalized for news.mobi, sports.mobi, ringtones.mobi and weather.mobi...
Actually .mobi is a lot better run than .eu ccTLD. The people in mTLD watched the .eu fiasco closely and didn't make the same stupid mistakes..
It is a very smart way to encourage natural growth and development..