The trademark community's proposals to protect rights when the domain name space expands were laughed out of town by ICANN's community-driven policy development process in Summer 2009. But, when governments meet with the ICANN board next month, could the so-called trademark tapestry make a comeback? Brand owners think so.

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RE: Trademark owners and governments plot tactics for final gTLD negotiation

I would tend to agree that ICANN's current Applicant Guidebook falls short of providing trademark owners a type of umbrella insurance policy across all new gtld's. It would be great if a third mandatory rights protection mechanism was added to allow for a IP reserve or block list to be applied across all new gtlds.

Tom Barrett

EnCirca and TM.Biz

Thomas Barrett, EnCirca on 17 Jan 2011 @ 15:48

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