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Trademark Clearinghouse

  • To: 5gtld-base@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Trademark Clearinghouse
  • From: "Louise Timmons" <ltimmons@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:29:55 -0800

In Section 3, Criteria for Trademark Inclusion in Clearinghouse

One of the Provisions 3.6 states:

3.6 Registrations that include top level extensions such as ?icann.org? or ?.icann? as part of the word mark will not be permitted in the Clearinghouse regardless of whether that mark has been registered or it has been otherwise validated or protected (e.g., if a mark existed for icann.org, or .icann, neither will not be permitted in the Clearinghouse).

with the strike throughs taken out (the "not" at the end was meant to be struck through).

This is illegal. If a mark has been awarded by a legal entity - even one that includes an extension - on what grounds does ICANN re-delegate what the government has already validated? GoDaddy.com is a legal trademark. You're saying, GoDaddy.com will not be included in the clearinghouse? Why not? If someone registers BingBingDeeDee.net as a trademark, there is only one BingBingDeeDee.net - why does the Clearinghouse skip protection?

Louise Timmons
Starting a Small Business .net&#8482;

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