On 26 March 2013, the Trademark Clearing House for the new generic Top Level Domain (new gTLDs) names will open for recordals.
In June, 2011, ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names) approved a program to expand the internet’s domain name system through the introduction of new generic domains. Instead of being restricted to 22 domains currently in use (eg .com, .net, .org) organisations and companies have been able to file to create new registries such as .pizza, .hotel and .google.
It is expected the first of the new gTLDs will be approved to be rolled out as early as May of this year.
Because of the large volume of registries (potentially over 1,300), concerns were raised by brand owners about the challenge of enforcing their intellectual property rights against third parties. Continue Reading »