ICANN Seeks Comment on Defensive Applications

ICANN has announced that it is seeking comment on defensive applications for new gTLDs.  While maintaining that the new gTLD program has “carefully crafted, new protections for trademark owners and consumers,” they claim there is a “perception” that parties will have to register new gTLDs to protect their brands.  The comment period is seeking information on the “sources of this perception” and on the enhanced protections adopted in the new program.

You can view ICANN’s announcement on their website

We believe strong comments are needed and would be glad to receive any suggestions on how best to respond beyond the “Do Not Sell” proposal that has already been put forward.

If you have any questions, you can reach Dan Jaffe in ANA's Washington office at 202-296-2359 or at djaffe@ana.net.