First new gTLDs delegated; non-Latin gTLDs; a new product to defend your marks; and changes to ICANN Registry Agreements

By Ann K Ford, Gina Durham and Ryan Compton

Brand owners should prepare for the impending release of numerous new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — the first few of which will be open for registration soon, and even sooner during the sunrise periods for brand owners who have registered their trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse.

A product to block registered trademarks from being registered as domain names in 200+ new gTLDs has been unveiled. Brand owners must consider whether this new product should be part of their overall domain-name enforcement strategy. Brand owners that are negotiating gTLD registry agreements with ICANN should be aware that recent changes (as of 23 October) have been made to the draft form agreement.

After years of discussion, delay and paperwork, ICANN has finally announced the delegation of the initial four new generic gTLDs. Second-level domain names will be available for registration under these four new gTLDs at the conclusion of the sunrise period available to those who have registered their trademark rights with the Trademark Clearinghouse…

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