IP: ICANN extends objection period

Organization seeks comments on proposals for drawing for priority, trademark clearinghouse

In anticipation of its October meeting in Toronto, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been engaged in a flurry of activity related to its New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program. This includes announcing a new proposal for batching applications, a proposed two-month extension of the deadline for filing formal objections, and publishing several draft documents further delineating the rights-protection mechanisms for trademarks in the new gTLD system. ICANN has requested public comments on these proposals, opening the door for a robust dialogue among applicants and interested parties over the course of the next month.

Applicants to Participate In Draw For Priority

Acknowledging that the timing contemplated by the Applicant Guidebook does not account for batching, ICANN now proposes to extend the formal objection deadline an additional two months. This new deadline is included in the Prioritization Draw proposal, which is open for public comment until Nov. 9, 2012. As of October 8, 2012, when ICANN published a program status update in anticipation of its Toronto meeting later this month, no objections had been filed.

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Daniel Frohling

Daniel D. Frohling is a partner in the Chicago office of Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he leads the firm’s gTLD Development and...

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Melanie Howard

Melanie Howard, senior counsel with Loeb & Loeb LLP in the firm’s Los Angeles office, focuses her practice on intellectual property law, including litigation, counseling...

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