The application window for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) closed on 30 May 2012 with ICANN receiving over 1900 applications.
To learn more about the history of the new gTLD program visit http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/program.
Today, in London, ICANN revealed which companies applied for what gTLDs and why?
A copy of the list of the new gTLD applications can be found here.
The introduction of new gTLDs will have a direct impact on trade mark owners as it creates new spaces within which they will need to protect their trade marks.
Although it will take some time for the new gTLDs to be launched it is crucial for trade mark owners to take a pre-emptive step and devise a strategy on how best to protect their trade marks within the various new gTLDs.
The new gTLD program provides for rights protection mechanisms that will afford eligible trade mark owners the opportunity to secure domain names that match their trade marks prior to the launch of each TLD to its intended market, called a “Sunrise period”.
A Trademark Clearinghouse has been appointed to authenticate and validate trade marks that will be relied upon during each Sunrise period.
Lexsynergy will shortly launch a free new gTLD tool that will allow trade mark owners to develop a defensive registration strategy, coordinate applications during each Sunrise period and facilitate the submission of trade mark information to the Trademark Clearinghouse.
We understand this groundbreaking development can be confusing and difficult to digest so we will be arranging presentation to discuss the new gTLD program and its impact on your trade marks. Details of each webinar will follow in the next few weeks.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalised presentation for your company please email [email protected].