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[gnso-sti] Public Comment: STI Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

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  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:54:40 -0800

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Public Comment: STI Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs

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. 

Special Trademark Issues Review Team Recommendations [PDF, 272K]

You can also find this report at http://gnso.icann.org/issues/. 


On 12 October 2009, the ICANN Board sent a letter [PDF, 736K] 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 
(http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/draft-rfp-clean-04oct09-en.pdf [PDF, 
198K]) 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, t he GNSO adopted a resolution creating the Special Trademarks 
Issues review team (STI) 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 [PDF, 272K], which 
describes an alternative model that the STI believes is more effective and 
implementable than the model proposed in the Draft Applicant Guidebook version 
3. 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: 

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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