Inside the IRT: how brand owners are reshaping the Internet
David Taylor, a partner at Lovells, was supposed to be enjoying a holiday in South Africa. Instead, he found himself debating the future of the protection of trademarks online - from the top of a mountain. Just a few weeks earlier, Taylor had agreed to join the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT), the crack panel of experts assembled by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to address the thousands of comments concerning trademark protection upon the introduction of generic top-level domains (gTLDs). To ensure he was available for an online conference with the rest of the team, Taylor had found a signal hotspot on a nearby mountain.
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