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Suits Signal Lack Of Confidence In ICANN Processes

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has suffered a number of setbacks in its efforts to create the “Internet of the Future.” Criticism and dissension from stakeholders both within and outside the ICANN community have resulted in changes in schedules, policies and processes in the organization’s new top-level domain (TLD) name program. This article examines some of the challenges ICANN has faced this year, focusing on two lawsuits recently filed by unsuccessful prior-round TLD applicants.
This article was first published in the November 15, 2012 edition of Law360.

Douglas N. Masters is a partner in Loeb & Loeb’s Chicago office. He is deputy chair of the firm’s Advanced Media and Technology Department and co-chair of the firm’s IP protection group. 

Melanie J. Howard is senior counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She is a member of Loeb's gTLD Development and Response Team.