gTLD Registry Agreement under scrutiny as brands owners comment

ICANN’s new gTLD Registry Agreement has become the centre of attention of brand owners, with the organisation opening a new comment period on proposals to tweak the agreement to better reflect the operating nature of ‘.brands’. Meanwhile, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPOA) has voiced trademark owner concerns over elements of the current agreement. On Friday ICANN has opened a new comment period centred on a proposal requested by the Brand Registry Group to incorporate a new Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement. The specification would be available to registry operators that ICANN determines as operating a ‘.brand’ TLD and makes three changes to the registry agreement for those qualifying as such. Clause 2.9 would be changed to allow ‘.brands’ to exclusively