Brand owners seek clarity on gTLD rules
“No-one knows with any certainty where new gTLDs will lead us,” admitted Icann CEO Rod Beckstrom at a press conference on Monday
For brand owners, however - two things are certain: they
have to revise their domain name strategy and will face
increased costs as they try to cope with a system that is
packed with uncertainty.
"The gTLD expansion is of great concern to IP owners because
it is taking place in an internet setting where cybersquatting
is rampant and other online crimes are increasing in severity,"
said Claudio DiGangi, external relations manager - internet
& the judiciary for INTA.
With the clock now ticking down to the opening of the
application window in January 2012, the priority is to work out
important details about how the trade mark protection
mechanisms in the gTLD Applicant Guidebook will work.
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