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[council] Public Comment: IRT Final Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

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Public Comment: IRT Final Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

29 May 2009

The Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) posted its Final Report on 
Trademark Protection in New 
 [PDF, 300K].

The IRT (Members of the IRT are listed 
 [PDF, 88K]) was formed by ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency in 
accordance with the 6 March, 2009 ICANN Board resolution 
(http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-06mar09.htm). The resolution was 
in response to the request by the community seeking solutions for potential 
issues for trademark holders in the implementation of new gTLDs. The team 
reflects experiential and geographic diversity and is comprised of 18 members 
and two alternates.

The IRT team participated in numerous teleconferences and several face-to-face 
meetings in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California, over a two month 
period. The resulting recommendations report on Trademark Protection Issues 
identifies several proposed solutions, including:

 *   IP Clearinghouse, Globally Protected Marks List and associated Rights 
Protection Mechanisms, and standardized pre-launch rights protection mechanisms;
 *   Uniform Rapid Suspension System;
 *   Post delegation dispute resolution mechanisms;
 *   Whois requirements for new TLDs; and
 *   Use of algorithm in string confusion review during initial evaluation.

In the process of developing its recommendations, the IRT consulted with WIPO 
and the broader community, and evaluated the public comments received in 
response to the posting of the Draft IRT 
 [PDF, 431K] on 24 April, 2009. These comments are posted at 
http://forum.icann.org/lists/irt-draft-report/. In addition, several community 
members who had submitted substantive comments and proposals on trademark 
protection in new TLDs were invited to participate in the IRT meeting held on 
11 May, 2009 in San Francisco.

This Final IRT Report will be posted for a thirty (30) day comment 
 that closes on 29 June, 2009. Comments can be sent to 
irt-final-report@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:irt-final-report@xxxxxxxxx> and reviewed at 

The community will have additional opportunity to discuss the IRT proposal in 
an open forum discussion at the Sydney Meeting and in public consultations to 
be scheduled in July and August 2009. These consultations will take place in 
diverse geographic regions, and will provide a forum for ICANN to hear from the 
community on the effectiveness of proposals that address the overarching issues 
submitted by the IRT and others.

For additional information:

WIKI for Overarching Issues discussions: 
New gTLD Page: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtld-program.htm.

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