Even for trademark owners, the US Congressional hearing on new gTLDs was flawed

Yesterday trademark owners had their day in front of the US Congress, which took the time to listen to their concerns over ICANN’s new gTLDs programme. While the hearing of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet touched on the political implications of new gTLDs, its focus on trademarks provided a platform for the parties that demand stronger IP protection to rally US politicians behind their cause. But the nature of the discussion itself and the questionable estimates deployed by both sides reveal that it may not be particularly useful for any party.

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