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Toy Industry Support for LPRs

  • To: "tmch-strawman@xxxxxxxxx" <tmch-strawman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Toy Industry Support for LPRs
  • From: "Desmond, Edward" <EDesmond@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:54:57 +0000

To Karen Lentz, ICAAN Staff:

The Toy Industry Association (TIA), representing over 550 toy industry members, 
submits these comments in support of the proposal for Limited Preventative 
Registrations (LPRs).  LPRs are the only current or proposed RPM that will 
provide our company and our customers long-term protection from false and 
misleading domain names and websites.  Without LPRs, we will be forced to incur 
huge and damaging costs to register domain names we do not want in hundreds of 
new gTLDs, at prohibitive expense, to protect our consumers and our reputation.

We also support the "Strawman Solution" proposal currently being considered in 
connection with the roll out of the new gTLDs, but with reservations.  For the 
most part, the Strawman proposal is helpful but does not go far enough.  
However, the Claims 2 process is too diluted to be of real value.  Brandowners 
should not be asked to pay for a process where we receive no notice of the 
third party registration, and the third party receives no notice of the details 
of our claim - while this may appear to be an additional RPM, it will not 
provide us with any meaningful protection.  Instead, the Trademark 
Clearinghouse should continue in perpetuity without diminishing the protection 
it offers.

Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you.

Ed Desmond
Executive Vice President, External Affairs
Toy Industry Association
1200 G St., N.W., Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20005
T: 202-459-0359
E: edesmond@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:edesmond@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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