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Revised Rights Protection Mechanisms Report Now Available

11 September 2015 – ICANN today announced that the "Revised Report on Rights Protections Mechanisms" has been published.

View the Revised Report on RPMs [PDF, 3.52 MB].

The report provides an initial analysis of the effectiveness of rights protection mechanisms introduced under the New gTLD Program in meeting their intended objectives, and identifies considerations for future new gTLD application rounds. An initial draft was published for comment on 2 February 2015. The revised version available today contains updated data and community input collected during the comment period about specific rights protection mechanisms, such as the Trademark Clearinghouse, Uniform Rapid Suspension system and Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures.

As detailed in the revised report, the comment period highlighted several issues with the existing implementation of rights protection mechanisms and proposed suggestions for improving their processes. The issues cited most were higher registration prices of "premium" names than regular Sunrise registrations, reservation and release of domain names, duration of the Trademark Claims service, and curative remedies, such as the suspension option provided by the URS vs. preventative rights protection measures, such as blocking mechanisms.

ICANN plans to include these topics in upcoming program reviews discussions where additional policy development work may be considered. Specifically, this feedback is intended to be used in several areas, including will be considered in regard to the New gTLD Program's impact on competition, consumer trust and consumer choice and during the GAC-recommended independent review of the Trademark Clearinghouse. The rights protection review outputs might also factor into policy discussions in the Generic Names Supporting Organization's Issue Report on Rights Protection Mechanisms.

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