ICANN outlines review of gTLD trademark safeguards


ICANN has published a draft report outlining what an initial review of the effectiveness of rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) in the new generic top-level domain programme should include.

In the report, published on Monday (February 2), ICANN said it is seeking responses from the public.

The paper is split into seven sections, reviewing and asking questions related to sunrise periods for right owners, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

On the TMCH, ICANN is seeking feedback on questions including what, if any, are the challenges of meeting the requirements for being included in the database, and whether there are any challenges directed to administering trademarks from specific jurisdictions.

ICANN has also questioned whether the TMCH has effectively restricted non-eligible trademarks.

On the URS, ICANN has asked questions including how effective the service is at providing a quick and low-cost process for addressing infringement.

ICANN’s report said that public comments are important for “capturing the experience” of RPM users and considering how the tools affect stakeholders in the domain name system.

The report is open for comments until April 3, after which ICANN will assess public responses and update it based on them. The report will then be completed ahead of a full RPM review. 

ICANN, RPM, domain names, TMCH, UDRP, gTLDs

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