Tomorrow and Friday, November 1st and 2nd, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade – along with some other senior ICANN staff, we believe -- will be meeting in Brussels with a variety of ICANN-affiliated parties to primarily discuss matters relating to implementation of the Trademark Clearinghouse, one of the two required rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) that must be operationally in place before any new gTLDs can launch (the other mandatory RPM being Uniform Rapid Suspension ([URS]).
ICANN’s most recently formed interest sector, the New TLD Applicants Group (NTAG), along with the longstanding Registrar’s Stakeholders Group (RrSG), have both issued statements taking strong issue with the appropriateness of considering proposals for enhanced and additional rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) at new gTLDs as well as their substance.
VeriSign’s future ability to increase pricing for .Com domains has suddenly become uncertain after the company announced on October 25th that the renewal registry operations contract that has already been approved by ICANN’s Board of Directors is undergoing extended review by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Justice.
VeriSign CEO Jim Bizdos told analysts:
Rather than being considered for implementation at the .com and .net registries through the front door of UDRP reform, Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) could arrive at these registries in advance of that reform through the backdoor of ending registry-registrar separation.
Major RPM Alterations – Including Domain Registration ‘Prior Restraint’ -- Proposed as New gTLD “Implementation” Measures
At the ICANN 45 meeting taking place in Toronto, an extensive list of proposed alterations of the rights protection measures (RPMs) for new gTLDs was presented to ICANN’s Board at a morning meeting on Tuesday, November 16th with ICANN’s Commercial Stakeholder Group. The list represents a general consensus between the Business and Intellectual Property Constituencies (BC & IPC) -- while the ISP Constituency, while supporting their goals, is still reviewing the details.
As the fall of 2012 begins the implementation of rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) for new gTLDs is reaching a critical stage –
On the eve of ICANN’s 45th public meeting in Toronto -- the last such meeting for the next half year until the April 2013 Beijing event -- the United States government has urged ICANN to consider adding new trademark protections at .com and other incumbent gTLDs, and to adopt a Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) model that includes a default judgment procedure.
On Wednesday, October 3rd ICANN held a ninety-minute webinar on implementation of the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) rights protection mechanism (RPM) for new gTLDs. More than a hundred individuals participated.
ICA Counsel to Speak at Toronto Conference on "ICANN & Internet Governance: Security and Freedom in a Connected World"
ICA Counsel Philip Corwin has been invited to speak at an all-day conference being convened by ICANN’s Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) on Friday, October 12th. The event will take place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel one day in advance of opening policy discussions at ICANN’s upcoming 45th public meeting in Toronto.
On October 3rd, at 1500 UTC, ICANN will hold a publicly accessible webinar on the further development of the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) rights protection mechanism (RPM) for new gTLDs.