ICANN 43 Briefing – Defensive Applications for new gTLDs

Edward Conlon
March 28, 2012

The strength of trademark protection mechanisms in the new gTLD space is always a hot topic at ICANN meetings and Costa Rica was no exception.

At a March 15 panel discussion ostensibly convened to discuss rights protection at the top level, discussions inevitably turned to second-level protections such as the rejected Globally Protected Marks List (GPML) idea instead.

As the application period drew closer, and then opened on January 12 2012, brand owners raised concerns about filing defensive applications to protect their marks. These worries, amplified by elements within the US government, prompted ICANN to open a public comment period to address the “perceived” need to apply defensively.

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