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||Mon, August 13, 2001 at 1:15 PM GMT
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||Yes but ...
... it really is going to cost a LOT of money to do all that. |
The reason why
the Sunrise Challenge is so expensive is because it requires real people to sort
through International applications to process them (Maybe not $295 worth, but it
must be an independent body and I guess WIPO doesn't come cheap).
if it costs virtually nothing to challenge, and everyone challenges say 50,000 names,
and - at a very minimum - it takes 20 minutes to process each claim, that's 694 consecute
person-power days (non-stop) to go through the documentation. Plus there's significant
time hold-ups waiting for papers to arrive. Having a challenge priced rather highly
ensures that only serious, legitimate trademark holders would bother challenging.
I agree with Afilias's comments that they should not be in the business of validating
legitimate claims. However, what I think they should have done is just prohibited
ANY common dictionary word from being registered in Sunrise. Period. If you have
a trademark that happens to be Sun, then tough luck. Get a million .biz tickets,
or eventually buy out the lucky person who manages to get that name. Overall, this
would have ensured the integrity of .info as a mainly information resource not clouded
by cybersquatters or even businesses.
Simple database validation such as date
check and a check for duplicate trademark numbers in the round-robbin process would
also have helped remove the blatantly misrepresented applications.