Trademark Rights And Domain Name Overhaul

Law360, New York (April 26, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT) -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is gearing up to launch new internationalized domain names ("IDNs"), possibly as soon as this year, with procedures for new generic top-level domains ("gTLD") also being debated. The addition of such new TLDs poses important issues for trademark owners. To facilitate an understanding of what is at stake, this article will provide background information regarding domain names, summarize the current plans regarding internationalized domain names, and summarize the proposals regarding new gTLDs.

Top-Level Domains

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