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IP interests should join the Trademark Clearinghouse meeting on Tuesday

Kevin Murphy, October 5, 2012, 12:31:52 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN is to hold a webcast and teleconference next week to discuss alternative models for the new gTLDs Trademark Clearinghouse.

It will be the last time the community gets to discuss the issue before ICANN 45 kicks off in Toronto next weekend.

Neustar, ARI Registry Services, Verisign and Demand Media have jointly proposed two models for the mandatory new gTLD Sunrise period and Trademark Claims service that differ from ICANN’s.

While the proposals are enjoying general murmurs of support from the domain name industry side of the community, the trademark lobby has yet to have any substantial presence in the talks.

Most of the discussions to date have been hindered by this lack of input, and by a frustrating lack of hard feedback from ICANN and its two contractors, IBM and Deloitte.

Tuesday’s meeting might be a good opportunity for members of the Business Constituency and IP Constituency to brush up on the issues before Toronto.

The meeting will start at 9am US Eastern time, according to Neustar vice president Jeff Neuman, who provided the following information:

The documents are posted at:

http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse/sunrise-model-26sep12-en.pdf
http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse/claims-model-26sep12-en.pdf
http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse/model-issues-26sep12-en.pdf

The call-in information is:

Conference ID: 93759
Dial-in numbers for each country: http://www.adigo.com/icann/

Adobe Connect Room at: http://icann.adobeconnect.com/tmch/

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Comments (4)

  1. Kristina says:

    And to think that no one from the IPC or “trademark lobby” was otherwise planning to attend. . . . Good grief.

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      They’ve been conspicuously absent from all the other TMCH meetings to date, leading to people making assumptions about what they want.

      • Kristina says:

        Two reasons for that: 1. All of the work since the TMCH IAG disbanded has been portrayed as being “purely technical.” It was directly communicated to several of the trademark-based members of the IAG that unless we had a technical background we weren’t welcome. 2. If ICANN had scheduled the “summit” for a time other than peak holiday season with more than 2 weeks notice, I suspect you probably would have one or two trademark people there. I would have gone had it not entailed missing 1/2 of my family vacation and paying $2500 for an economy ticket to Brussels.

        • Eugénie says:

          I do agree with Kristina, being informed of this “summit” only two weeks before and during August was a very strange choice. Some of us attended only as we were in paris, wanted to know the technical aspect and not in vacations at this time …

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