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  • To: "comments-closed-generic-05feb13@xxxxxxxxx" <comments-closed-generic-05feb13@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Response
  • From: Bruce W Longbottom <longbottom_bruce@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:59:22 +0000

To Whom It May Concern:

ICANN has asked for comments regarding classifying certain applications as 
"closed generic" TLDs, i.e., how to determine whether a string is generic.  
That first requires an understanding  of what is a "generic" term.  Generic 
terms are common words or terms, often found in the dictionary, that identify 
products and services and are not specific to any particular source.  See 
  As applied to TLDs, if the TLD is ".apple" and the mission/purpose for that 
registry involved apple groves and apple trees, that would be a generic TLD. 
However, if the mission/purpose for the .apple gTLD involved computers, that 
would not be a generic TLD.  So even if a TLD is a word found in a dictionary 
(or is used as a common word or term), whether or not it is generic depends 
upon the products or services in the mission or purpose for that particular 

I hope this is helpful.  Thank you.

Bruce Longbottom
Assistant General Counsel
Trademarks, Copyrights and Information Technology
Eli Lilly and Company

phone: (317) 651-1346
fax: (317) 276-1919
email: longbottom_bruce@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:longbottom_bruce@xxxxxxxxx>

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