Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Defensive Applications for New gTLDs

6 February 2012
Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 6 February 2012
Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains
Purpose (Brief): The New gTLD Program features carefully crafted, new protections for trademark owners and consumers. When considering applications for new top-level names, the process is designed to protect these important interests through independent objection and dispute resolution processes (and other processes). However, as the time of the opening of the new gTLD application window drew near, parties stated their perception that they will need to submit "defensive" gTLD applications as a means to protect their trademarks. ICANN is seeking public comment on the sources of this perception and how it can be addressed.
Public Comment Box Link: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/newgtlds-defensive-applications-06feb12-en.htm

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