In anticipation of its October meeting in Toronto, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been engaged in a flurry of activity related to its New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program. This includes announcing a new proposal for batching applications, a proposed two-month extension of the deadline for filing formal objections, and publishing several draft documents further delineating the rights-protection mechanisms for trademarks in the new gTLD system. ICANN has requested public comments on these proposals, opening the door for a robust dialogue among applicants and interested parties over the course of the next month. This article details these developments in the gTLD Program and implications for gTLD applicants and the broader community.
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This article was first published in the October 30, 2012 edition of InsideCounsel.
Daniel D. Frohling is a partner in the Chicago office of Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he leads the firm’s gTLD Development and Response Team. Through and beyond the Team, he assists clients with developing, leveraging and protecting their marketing and IP assets through strategic planning and counseling, deal negotiation, and risk and dispute management.
Melanie J. Howard, senior counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office, focuses her practice on intellectual property law, including litigation, counseling and transactional matters in the areas of advertising, technology, new media and entertainment. She is a member of Loeb’s gTLD Development and Response Team.