Tim Lince

In the trademark world, the high sunrise fees charged by the registries behind the ‘.sucks’ and ‘.feedback’ gTLDs have been one of the talking points of 2015. While trademark owners lament the potentially budget-busting annual registration fees being charged in sunrise, the registries themselves stress value for money and the desire to create a platform for valid criticism. But is it a case of 'never the twain shall meet' or is the reality more nuanced? On the latest World Trademark Review podcast we seek to find out.

Invited to expand on their offerings, Top Level Spectrum CEO Jay Westerdal and Vox Populi CEO John Berard both joined us on the latest episode of the World Trademark Review podcast. Providing a trademark owner's perspective in the discussion are Greg Shatan, partner at Abelman Frayne & Schwab and president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, and Susan Payne, head of legal policy at Valideus.

As expected, the discussion was lively and highlighted the nuances that exist of both sides of this debate.

You can stream the podcast below, or subscribe to the World Trademark Review podcast on iTunesSoundcloud, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or Tune-In.

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