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Proposed Rights Protection Mechanisms in New gTLDs

Open: 5 October 09
Closed: 22 November 09

Explanation/Background: After receiving recommendations from the Implementation Recommendation Team and others, taking extensive comment and conducting consultation with the broader community, ICANN Staff have drafted a set of implementation recommendations related to intellectual property protections for the new gTLD program.

Those proposed rights protection mechanisms are:

  • The creation of an IP Clearinghouse, which is a database of validated trademarks to be utilised by new gTLD registry operators in implementing either an IP Claims service or Sunrise process during TLD launch; and
  • The creation of a Uniform Rapid Suspension process for use in clear-cut, blatant cases of trademark infringement.

These proposed rights protection mechanisms are available for review and comment at

All materials are in draft form for public comment and review. Your comments will help with the production of the next version of the Applicant Guidebook.

Further details about the New gTLD Program can be found at:

These proposed rights protection mechanisms, and accompanying papers, will be made available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Korean and Spanish in the near future.
Staff member responsible: Carole Cornell

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