[gnso-rpm-wg] RPM Working Group call 21/09/2016: Notes and Actions

David Tait david.tait at icann.org
Wed Sep 21 22:09:57 UTC 2016

Dear All


Please find attached the notes and action’s from today’s Working Group (WG) call. The notes and actions are as follows:


There was an extensive walk through of Sunrise Registrations through the TMCH. Thereafter the following additional possible questions were raised for discussion by WG participants:


·         How often are SMD files compromised and have to be revoked? How prevalent is this as a problem?

·         Does this mean we have no idea how many LRP registrations were made available and in which registries?

·         Is there really no data on additional voluntary mechanisms? e.g. ALP

·         Please add questions of ALP, QLP where these periods in need of review?

·         Is it possible to expand the charter questions to include some of the underlying TMCH questions concerning TM scope in the sunrise period? (1) When the TM registered in the TMCH database is a generic or descriptive word, and sunrise is used for registering that mark as a domain name completely unrelated to the goods and service category of TM protection, is that fair for other/future/potential DN registrants? and (2) (related) Should Sunrise rights be limited to the categories of goods and services of the TM? 

·         Is there any evidence of 'gaming' e.g. of registering a number of valuable trade mark names under the sunrise period of marks to which they do not have a traditional legal claim? 

·         What is the relationship between premium pricing and trademark rights? To what extent do premium names correspond to registered trademarks? 

·         Further explore "use" and the types of proof required by the TMCH


The next working group meeting with take place next Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 1600 UTC.

Kind regards,



David A. Tait

Policy Specialist (Solicitor qualified in Scotland)

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)


Mobile: + 44-7864-793776

Email:  david.tait at icann.org 


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