Tag: Trademark Clearinghouse

Protect Your Trademark During the Top-Level Domain Expansion

Domains, Governance
ICANN has published three ways to Protect Your Trademark during the Top-Level Domain Expansion.   The rights protection was of key concern when forming the New gTLD Program. ICANN met extensively with IP experts and community members to determine how to support trademark holders faced with the largest expansion of the DNS, ever.   The meetings resulted in a 3-pronged approach that provides rights holders with proactive and reactive means of blocking potentially infringing uses in the New gTLD Program. Rights Protection Mechanisms, as they’re collectively known, include the Trademark Clearinghouse, Uniform Rapid Suspension System and Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures.   So, how can a rights holder take advantage of these advanced New gTLD Program mechani
The New gTLDs from ICANN Are Coming: Plan, Don’t Panic

The New gTLDs from ICANN Are Coming: Plan, Don’t Panic

By now, brand owners are probably aware of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). They may have received literature from various sources about recording trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse and preparing for the first deployment of new gTLDs. There is no cause for alarm yet, however, and ample time to formulate a thoughtful, cost-effective strategy. We can help. Updated Information It is important to have the most up-to-date information about the new gTLDs because the policies are fluid and still in debate. ICANN is meeting this week in Beijing to discuss the launch of the new gTLDs. Ballard Spahr attorney Amy Mushahwar is attending the meeting, and we will have updated information as it continues to become a...