[bc-gnso] Public Comment: STI Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

Philip Sheppard philip.sheppard at aim.be
Fri Jan 15 08:53:41 UTC 2010

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Public Comment: STI Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

17 December 2009
The Special Trademarks Issues Working Team (STI) has published its Report on its
recommendations to create a Trademark Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension
procedure to protect trademarks in the New GTLD Program. The public comment
period ends on 26 January 2010. 

Special Trademark Issues Review Team Recommendations [PDF, 272K]

You can also find this report at http://gnso.icann.org/issues/. 


On 12 October 2009, the ICANN Board sent a letter [PDF, 736K] to the GNSO
requesting its review of the policy implications of certain trademark protection
mechanisms proposed for the New gTLD Program, as described in the Draft
Applicant Guidebook
(http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/draft-rfp-clean-04oct09-en.pdf [PDF,
198K]) and accompanying memoranda. Specifically, the Board Letter requested that
the GNSO provide input on whether it approves the proposed staff model , or, in
the alternative, the GNSO could propose an alternative that is equivalent or
more effective and implementable. 

In response, t he GNSO adopted a resolution creating the Special Trademarks
Issues review team (STI) on 28 October 2009, which included representatives from
each Stakeholder Group ; At-Large; Nominating Committee Appointees; and the
Government Advisory Committee, to analyze the specific rights protection
mechanisms that have been proposed for inclusion in the Draft Applicant
Guidebook. The STI delivered to the GNSO Council its Report [PDF, 272K], which
describes an alternative model that the STI believes is more effective and
implementable than the model proposed in the Draft Applicant Guidebook version
3. The GNSO Council unanimously approved the recommendations contained in the
STI Report for public comment and consideration by ICANN when it finalizes the
proposed model for trademark protection in the New gTLD Program. 

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