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  • From: "Zahid Jamil" <zahid@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 14:14:48 +0500

Thanks Gary.



From: Zahid Jamil [mailto:zahid@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 30 May 2009 01:38
To: owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: 'BC Secretariat'; 'Mike Rodenbaugh'; 'Philip Sheppard'


Trademark owners get a chance to have their say on new gTLDs

International - Latest news 
May 29 2009

Trademark owners have been urged to submit comments on a report issued today
that looks at how trademarks can be protected when new generic top-level
domains (gTLDs) come on line in 2010. The report is the work of the
Implementation Recommendation Team
<http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/irt-list-23mar09-en.pdf>  (IRT),
which was created by the Internet Corporation <http://www.icann.org/en/>
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at the end of March.

The report should go live on ICANN's website before the end of business
Pacific Standard Time today (early Saturday morning GMT). "Many mark owners
have become cynical of ICANN and the ICANN process over the years - and for
good reason in many cases," IRT member Stacey King told WTR yesterday. "I
would hope that mark owners recognize that this is the time to re-engage."

The IRT published its draft report at the end of April (see "Trademark
owners urged to comment on gTLDs
8791-b91ec8606d12> "). Significant changes to this are expected in the final
report, especially around the proposals for the post-delegation dispute
mechanism. This follows close consultation with a number of interested
parties, including the World <http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en>
Intellectual Property Organization.

"I think that that you should be particularly interested in the foreword to
the report that we have drafted," Nick Wood, another IRT member, told WTR.
"This explains why the team gave up six working weeks without remuneration
and sets the context for what we have done. We just hope that the comments
from business and the trademark community are forthcoming and taken

Other IRT members include J Scott Evans, senior director - legal at Yahoo!
<http://www.yahoo.com/> , who has been vocal in his condemnation of ICANN's
plan to introduce gTLDs. "Yahoo! does not believe there should be gTLDs," he
said at a special session added to the programme at the recent International
Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting. "Individuals' service on the
IRT is a voluntary service to the community and is in no way an endorsement
of the report," he explained. Fellow IRT member Ellen Shankman
<http://www.ellenshankman.com/>  added that it was important to recognize
that gTLDs were going ahead, and that even stakeholders who disagreed with
their introduction should become involved in the process.

"A good deal of credit should be given to the ICANN Board for creating the
IRT and to ICANN staff for working with the IRT," said King. "This is the
time, while we have ICANN's ear, to re-engage."

Once the report is live, it is open for public comment. Those wishing to
engage can submit comments online, as well as at the 35th ICANN meeting
<http://syd.icann.org/> , held in Sydney from June 21 - 26, or during the
following public sessions (note: ICANN has changed these dates since WTR
first published
81f9-89a5d566d73e>  the plans for open sessions):

.         London - July 15, 2009 - Jarvis Suite
arvisSuite.aspx> , Royal Institute of British Architects 

.         New York - July 13, 2009 - venue to be confirmed 

.         Hong Kong - between 20 and 24 of July 2009 - date/venue to be

.         Abu-Dhabi - between 2 and 6 of August 2009 - date/venue to be

 "Our work is just beginning," added King. "Those who were not able to be
involved with the IRT or who are concerned with online brand abuse and fraud
should take this opportunity to comment on the report, attend ICANN
meetings, and have a say in the next phase of the Web."



Zahid Jamil


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