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Client Alerts

New gTLD Applications Accepted in Early 2012

November 28, 2011

Client Alerts

New gTLD Applications Accepted in Early 2012

November 28, 2011

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New gTLD Applications Accepted in Early 2012
New gTLD Applications Accepted in Early 2012
The Internet as we know it may soon be changing forever. From January 12, 2012, to April 12, 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expected to accept applications for new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). The top-level is immediately to the right of the dot in a domain name, such as .com, .org, or .net.

New gTLDs could be based on trademarks (commonly referred to as “dot brand” domains) or could be a generic term (e.g., .shoe, .sports, or .skiing). Applicants may designate their gTLDs as being open to anyone to obtain a second-level domain name or restricted for use by only one company or members of a certain community.

The filing fee alone for a new gTLD is $185,000, and individuals are not permitted to apply. Costs associated with preparing an application (which requires extensive technical and financial data) and running the registry for the minimum ten-year commitment could reach millions of dollars. Thus, a new gTLD is not for everyone.

There will be procedures in place to help trademark owners protect their marks in whatever new gTLDs are ultimately authorized. Following a review of the system after the initial round, ICANN intends to eventually allow additional applications, permitting the introduction of up to 1,000 new gTLDs per year.

If your company is interested in applying for a new gTLD, it should immediately immerse itself in the process. The application is very complex and not something that can be put together on short notice.

Information on the new gTLD program, along with news updates and helpful links is available on our website at www.fr.com/domain-names.

For more information, please contact your Fish & Richardson attorney or:

Keith Barritt
Principal
Washington, DC
barritt@fr.com
202-626-6433
Cynthia Walden
Principal
Boston
walden@fr.com
617-956-5928
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