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Non-PDP - Special Trademark Issues

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Archived Project 2010


On 12 October 2009, the ICANN Board sent a letter 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, at the time, 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, the GNSO adopted a resolution and created 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 GAC, to analyze the specific rights protection mechanisms that had been proposed for inclusion into the Draft Applicant Guidebook.


Implementation Status

Web Presence:

Responsible Staff Member:

  • Margie Milam

ICANN Board Letter to the GNSO:

Adopted on: 06 March 2009

Summary: GNSO Council review of Special Trademark Issues [see link for details]

Issue Report:

Submitted on: dd Month 201Y

  • Report not applicable

GNSO Resolution on the Initiation of the Review Team:

Adopted on: 10 October 2009

Summary: NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the GNSO Council adopts the following process to conduct the evaluation requested by the Board ........ [see link for details]

Review Team Charter:

Adopted on: dd Month 201Y

  • Charter not applicable

Review Team Final Report:

Submitted on: 11 December 2009

GNSO Adoption of the Final Report:

Adopted on: 17 December 2009

Summary: RESOLVED, that the GNSO appreciates the hard work and tremendous effort shown by each member of the STI review team in developing the STI alternative proposal on an expedited basis …..… [see link for details]

Public Comment Prior to ICANN Board Consideration:

Submitted on: 26 January 2010

ICANN Board Resolution Text:

Adopted on: 12 March 2010

Summary: Resolved (2010.03.12.19), ICANN staff shall analyze public comments on the Clearinghouse proposal and develop a final version to be included in version 4 of the Draft Applicant Guidebook. …..… [see link for details]

Implementation Details:

  • Much of the recommendations were incorporated into the next version of the Applicant Guidebook

Additional Information: