Tag Archives: gTLD introduction

Domain Name Update: Trademark Clearinghouse to Launch in March

 

As we have discussed at length, over the next couple of years several hundred new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) such as .family, .home, and .toys are expected to be introduced into the domain name system.  The majority of these domains will be “open” in nature, meaning they will be open to the public for registration of second-level domains.  On the bright side, this means that I, for instance, can finally register such highly desirable domain names as joshjarvisisagreat.lawyer or joshjarvisisreally.cool.  Unfortunately, it also means that… More

Reveal Day Popularity Contest: The Most Common gTLD Applications

As we discussed last week, today is ICANN’s “Reveal Day,” and all of the new top-level domains and their applicants are available for the public to review. All businesses should review this list to determine whether any of the proposed strings presents risks or opportunities.

The applied-for strings appear to be a pretty even mix between .brands and .generics, with a few geographic terms thrown in for good measure. As expected, heavy-hitters like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Apple (but surprisingly not Facebook or Twitter!) are on board with varying… More

The Impending Domain Name Explosion: Why Brand Owners Must Pay Attention on “Reveal Day” June 13

After years of preparation and a decidedly rocky start to ICANN’s New gTLD Program due to a glitch in the gTLD application system, the applications are in, and ICANN will soon begin evaluating the TLD candidates. First, though, comes the fun part: June 13, 2012 is the new “Reveal Day,” when all of the gTLD applications and applicants will be posted by ICANN for the world to see.

This date is important for several reasons. First, while several TLD applications have already been revealed by the applicants themselves, from… More

New gTLD Update: All Systems Are…Suspended?

As part our continuing coverage of ICANN’s New gTLD Program, we had planned a post regarding the close of the gTLD application window and the imminent unveiling of the new top-level domain applicants and their respective applications on April 30 — colloquially known as “Reveal Day.” However, due to an unfortunate glitch in ICANN’s TLD Application System that reared its ugly head on April 12 — the date the application window was scheduled to close — that process has been temporarily interrupted. According to ICANN’s TAS… More

Foley Hoag to Host Upcoming INTA Roundtable: gTLDs: Status, Process and How is It Working?

We have covered ICANN’s New gTLD Program at great length on this blog.  If you’d like to discuss the new gTLDs and the myriad issues presented by their introduction face-to-face, Foley Hoag is hosting a roundtable luncheon, presented by the International Trademark Association (INTA), on April 4, 2012 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at our Boston office.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Current gTLDs and anticipated changes.
  • Application/Registration process.
  • Who should be involved in the decision?
  • Trademark challenges in enforcement, infringement and counterfeiting.
  • Registering brands as second level domain names in the new gTLDs?
  • Watch… More

Welcome to the New Regime: the New gTLD Application Window Launches

A subject of regular discussion here at the Trademark and Copyright Law Blog, the application window for ICANN’s New gTLD Program opens today, over continued vigorous opposition from brand owners and the U.S. Congress. The application window, which runs from today through April 12, 2012, is the only time in which interested parties can apply to operate a new .brand or .generic top-level domain registry, at least for the foreseeable future. While ICANN plans a second (and probably a third, and a fourth…) round of gTLD applications, the timing and the details are still very much… More

New gTLD Hearing, Round 2: A Critical House, But to What End?

After the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on ICANN’s new gTLD Program on December 8, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a similar hearing this morning. Returning witnesses were Dan Jaffe, Executive Vice President of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator of the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and Kurt Pritz, SVP at ICANN. Joining them were Joshua Bourne, President of The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA), Thomas Embrescia, CEO of Employ Media (operator of the .jobs TLD), and Anjali… More

Opponents of New gTLDs Criticize ICANN at Senate Hearing

As we discussed, last week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a full committee hearing on ICANN’s domain name expansion, perhaps in part to address CRIDO’s recent actions to stall the gTLD program. The following summary of the hearing was prepared for the American Bar Association by James L. Bikoff, David Heasley, and Philip Marano of Silverberg, Goldman & Bikoff, LLP, and is reprinted with permission.

As you know, yesterday the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing to "examine the merits and implications of [the new gTLD] program and… More

The Domain Name Deluge: What In-House Counsel Need to Know About ICANN’s New gTLD Program

On Monday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. EST, the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel presents The Domain Name Deluge: What In-House Counsel Need to Know About ICANN’s New gTLD Program.  J. Scott Evans, Senior Legal Director, Global Brand & Trademarks, YAHOO! Inc. will join me to explore ICANN’s upcoming introduction of new top-level domain names, including a discussion of domain name basics, an overview of the New gTLD Program and the application process and timeline, and a review of what companies should be doing to traverse the rocky terrain of potential opportunities… More

Upcoming Events: Senate Hearing on the gTLD Expansion

For those of you following, breath bated, developments regarding ICANN’s New gTLD Program, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a full committee hearing on the domain name expansion on December 8 at 10:00 AM ET in 253 Russell Senate Office Building, and also via webcast. Witnesses have not yet been announced. A similar hearing was conducted earlier this year by the House Committee on the Judiciary, which was certainly exciting but which ultimately led to little. Now that the gTLD train is barreling forward, more excitement should be in… More

CRIDO Coalesces to Take On ICANN In Last-Ditch Effort to Delay New gTLD Program

With the ICANN New gTLD Program train out of the station and running full speed ahead, there has been little hope among trademark owners of a further delay. The newly minted Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO) aims to change that. CRIDO, comprised of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and 87 major national and international business associations and companies, including Coca-Cola, Ford, and GE, is “committed to aggressively fighting ICANN’s proposed program, citing its deeply flawed justification, excessive cost and harm to brand owners, likelihood of predatory cyber harm to consumers and failure to… More

New gTLDs: A New Website for the New Regime

Now that ICANN’s new gTLD program is moving full steam ahead, ICANN has launched a new informational website as part of its global awareness campaign to promote the potential benefits of new gTLDs (the potential harm caused by the gTLDs is left to us commentators). The new website is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for potential and eventual gTLD applicants and other interested parties, and provides a bevy of information related to the new gTLD program, including:

The Real Web 2.0? ICANN Approves New gTLD Rollout

After many years and despite ongoing criticism and concerns from governments and intellectual property interests, the ICANN Board voted yesterday to approve the launch of the new gTLD program, discussed earlier on this blog here and here. The vote paves the way for a dramatic increase in the number of top-level domain names, by hundreds in the near term and likely thousands over the next decade, and will allow organizations to own their own top-level domain names (e.g., .foleyhoag or .lawyers) and operate their own Internet registries.

New gTLDs will not be introduced right away. First, ICANN… More

.CO Domain Names Are Coming — Should You Care?

Colombia is known for its chief exports of coffee, petroleum and coal. It may also soon be known for its country code top-level domain name (ccTLD), .co. In many people’s minds, the abbreviation "co." stands for "company," "corporation," or "commercial," and the .co registry, .CO Internet SAS, is heavily marketing this domain as a legitimate alternative to .com domains for businesses and individuals. If .CO Internet has its way, .co will be the new .com. Of course, whether the .co domain will catch on remains to be seen, but trademark owners should be aware of some preliminary steps they… More

New gTLDs Still On Track Despite Trademark Concerns

For some time now, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the governing body of many of the inner workings of the Internet — has planned to expand the domain name space. Currently, domain names are limited to 27 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — including the popular .com, .net., and .org — and a number of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). ICANN’s proposed expansion would allow for the introduction of unlimited new gTLD registries — for instance, .lawyers, .film, or .baseball. Presumably, a majority of these new registries will be open to the public for registration… More