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gTLDs Update: "Reveal Day" announced
We reported in our May 2012 update on gTLDs that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had delayed publication of the list of gTLD applications due to technical difficulties. ICANN has now announced that it is targeting to publish the list of applied-for domain names on 13 June 2012.
To ensure that their marks are not diluted or misused by the new gTLDs, trade mark owners should audit this list of applications and determine if any of the proposed gTLDs conflict with or infringe their existing trade mark rights.
Trade mark owners may submit comments on applied-for gTLDs, including concerns regarding potential trade mark infringement and dilution. These comments will be considered by the independent evaluators assessing each gTLD application. ICANN had previously stipulated 30 June 2012 as the last day for submitting such comments. The new deadline to submit such comments is now 12 August 2012.
As previously reported, trade mark owners will also have a window of 7 months from the date of the publication of the list of gTLD applications, to file formal objections against gTLD applications that infringe their rights. The formal objection period is slated to commence on 13 June 2012 and end on 12 January 2013.
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