March 2013

March 28, 2013 4:28 PM | Posted by Aikman-Scalese, Anne | Permalink
Complaints regarding inadequate protection for trademark owners will apparently not stop the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") from launching its new unlimited gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) program as quickly as possible in 2013. The new web environment will include hundreds of different words appearing to the right of the dot in domain names, in sharp contrast to the existing limited number of authorized strings such as .com, .biz, .net, and .info. Initial evaluations of over 1900 applications for new Top Level Domains have begun to be published by ICANN and will continue through August. Strings containing non-Latin script, known as Internationalized Domain Names ("IDNs"), of which there are over 100 in Chinese, Arabic and other alphabets, will launch first in May or June. read more