The domain name space is set for a dramatic change when the new
proposed generic top level domains are introduced
(gTLDs). The changes will allow the creation of
new domains, for example .your trademark or
.your company name. The stage is therefore set for
conflicting interests in choice and use of such new domains on a
global basis. Trade mark owners currently have an opportunity to
consider the proposals for the new domains and have their say.
Trade mark protection has been identified as one of four major
"overarching issues" to be resolved before the new gTLDs
are introduced by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Under instruction from ICANN to draft a report offering
solutions to the potential for trade mark infringement in the new
gTLDs, ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) team
(via its expert Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) team) has
completed its 'Final Report on Trade Mark Protection in New
gTLD' (the Report). The Report can be accessed
The Report is open to public comment until 6 July
2009. ICANN is accepting submissions through http://alturl.com/naz7. Comments and
submissions already made can be viewed at http://alturl.com/6bvh.This is an important
opportunity for trade mark owners to consider the proposals and
raise any comments or concerns. As ICANN expects to close off its
work on the "overarching issues" by end August 2009, the
time to have your say is now.
ICANN is also meeting in Sydney between 21 and 26 June 2009 in
order to develop solutions to these "overarching issues".
Many of the session are open to the public (registration is
required in some circumstances). The full program is accessible at
http://alturl.com/9i67. Trade mark owners are
also urged to attend and participate.
1 Together with 'The Economic Analysis of new
gTLDs', 'Financial Analysis' and 'The Objection
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