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Public Comment Proceeding: Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Phase 1 Final Recommendations

7 April 2021

Open Date: Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Close Date: Friday, 30 April 2021

Originating Organization: ICANN organization

This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to the Board action on the Phase 1 final recommendations of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) Policy Development Process (PDP).

Current Status
During its meeting on 21 January 2021, the GNSO Council approved the Phase 1 Final Report of this PDP, which includes a total of 35 final recommendations. These recommendations address the RPMs, associated structures, and procedures applicable to gTLDs launched under the 2012 New gTLD Program, specifically:

  • The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)
  • The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)
  • The Sunrise and Trademark Claims services offered through the TMCH
  • The Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (TM-PDDRP)

As required by ICANN Bylaws Article 3.6.a.(i), 21-day public notice is hereby provided on the policies that are considered for adoption prior to any action by the ICANN Board.

Next Steps
Following this Public Comment proceeding, the ICANN Board is expected to take action on the approved policy recommendations in accordance with the ICANN Bylaws.

Link to Public Comment Proceeding


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