Archive for the ‘IPC’ Category


Tech Media Confused About URS, Equates It With Domain Seizures

Posted May 10th, 2011

It’s official, you can be an incredibly tech-savy media outlet, marinating in total Internet nerd-dom and still fall prey to ICANN acronym misunderstanding. Unfortunately the latest snafu involves, Uniform Rapid Suspension and the recent rash of domain name seizures by Homeland Security.

As reported by Domain Name Wire: “ The number of comments submitted to ICANN about its proposed renewal agreement with VeriSign to run .net has exploded over the past hour.

The source of the comments appears to be a misunderstanding over what the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) proposed in its comments.

As I wrote earlier, IPC wants Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) to apply to new top level domain names.

I believe the confusion started at BoingBoing, which interpreted URS to be a mechanism to take down web sites that infringe copyrights. BoingBoing equated URS to what happened with recent domain name seizures by the Department of Homeland Security.

URS is a trademark protection tool, not a copyright protection tool.

BoingBoing also suggested that VeriSign would get into the business of being a copyright enforcer, which isn’t correct.”

Click HERE to read the full article.


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Public Comment: STI Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

Posted December 17th, 2009

From ICANN News Alert

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.

See Special Trademark Issues Review Team Recommendations HERE (.pdf) or HERE (html).


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 (DAG) 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 creating the Special Trademarks Issues review team 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, which describes an alternative model that the STI believes is more effective and implementable than the model proposed in the DAG3. 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.

For additional information on the new gTLD Program, please go HERE.

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IRT Draft Report on Trademark Protection Issues Now Available for Public Comment

Posted April 28th, 2009

From ICANN News Alert

The Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT)  was formed by ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency in accordance with the 6 March, 2009 ICANN Board resolution . 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. See the full skinny HERE.

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ICANN Slows the New gTLD Program and Consults IP Community

Posted March 31st, 2009

This view of ICANN’s latest move is brought to us by Nick Wood, Managing Director of Com Laude and a member of the ICANN board appointed Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT).

ICANN, as many of you know from past NameSmash posts has embarked on a program of expansion that will see the domain name system grow dramatically with the introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs.

If ICANN succeeds then in five years time, the 250 country code (ccTLDs) registries of today could be overshadowed by a thousand or more gTLD registries run by entrepreneurs and affinity groups, cities and even brands. The business of protecting trade marks in the domain name system will change forever as the number of registered domains expands from 170 million to 250 million, maybe many more.


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New gTLDs and Trademark Issues: Implementation Recommendation Team

Posted March 27th, 2009

This from an ICANN News Alert:

As directed by ICANN’s Board in a recent resolution (go HERE), the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) has formed an Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT). Members of the IRT are listed HERE. The IRT has been formed to provide possible solutions to trademark issues raised in the new Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLDs) implementation planning.


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