IP: First three Legal Rights Objection decisions released

The World Intellectual Property Organization recently struck down several objections to new generic top-level domain names

Pursuant to Paragraph 3.2.1 of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) new gTLD Applicant Guidebook, a formal objection to an application for a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) may be filed on any one of four grounds, one of which is the Legal Rights Objection. The basis for a Legal Rights Objection is that “the applied-for gTLD string infringes the existing legal rights of the objector.”

The World Intellectual Property Organization recently released the first three decisions relating to Legal Rights Objection (LRO). Each of the matters involved different situations, but the outcome was the same, with all three decisions denying the objectors’ complaints.

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John McElwaine

John C. McElwaine is a partner and intellectual property attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (Charleston, S.C.). He devotes his practice to Internet,...

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