It's been standard practice for quite a while that domain registrars are allowed to block you from transfering your domain within 60 days of your registration renewal (this works either before or after). While this is inconvenient for users, it makes some sense for the registrars to keep excess churn at a minimum.
But did you know that the clock resets when you change your registration info? Specifically, first name, last name, or organization? Yup, at least with GoDaddy it sure does. Now, the common refrain is 'ICANN rules allow this'. I think ICANN rules also allow my dog to take a dump in the living room but it doesn't make it any nicer to clean up.