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GNSO Consultation:
Rights Protection Mechanisms in New gTLDs
Public Comment Forum

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.

Given that the original GNSO policy direction was general in nature, the Board is providing the GNSO with the opportunity to offer focused, timely input on this specific area of the proposed implementation plan that will be published around the first of October. The Board requests the GNSO's consensus view on whether the following rights protection mechanisms recommended by the staff are consistent with the GNSO's proposed policy on the introduction of new gTLDs, and are an appropriate and effective option for achieving the GNSO's stated principles and objectives:

  • 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.

How to participate

Open: October 4, 2009

Closed: November 22, 2009

To submit a comment, send a message to the email address that corresponds to the issue on which you would like to comment as indicated on the table below. After you send your message, you will receive an email message containing a confirmation link. You must click on the confirmation link in the message in order to complete the submission of your comment.

GNSO Consultations Reports


Rights Protection Mechanism Proposals IRT Report Public Comment Summary and Analysis Description Email Comments View Comments

Draft Proposed Procedure for Uniform Rapid Suspension System [183K]

Uniform Rapid Suspension [243K]

[DRAFT] Summary of Differences between IRT Recommendations and Applicant Guidebook v3 [96K]

  • Evaluation questions and criteria
  • Base Agreement Terms
  • Procedures
Submit View

Draft Proposed Procedure for Trademark Clearinghouse [148K]

Trademark Clearinghouse [326K]

[DRAFT] Summary of Differences between IRT Recommendations and Applicant Guidebook v3 [96K]

  • Evaluation questions and criteria
  • Base Agreement Terms
  • Procedures
Submit View

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