Update on ICANNs Release of New gTLDs
Update on ICANNs Release of New gTLDs - Griffith Hack
|6 October 2010|
|The board of the Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN) met in Trondheim Norway on 24 and 25 September to discuss key issues relating to the release of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).|
The issue of trade mark protection for new gTLDs was discussed and in particular the Board’s present proposals for early registration periods for trade mark owners (sunrise periods) and a Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) for blatant cases of abusive use. The rules and practical implementation for these proposals continued to be developed. Although these proposals have been on the table for some time the Board also signalled possible further protection for trade mark owners by acknowledging that additional policy development “could lead to further mechanisms for enhanced protection for trademarks”.
The Board Resolutions and further information on ICANNs proposals can be found on ICANN’s website at www.icann.org.
The timeline for the launch of the new gTLD application system has not yet been set. Griffith Hack will continue reporting developments on its website.