19 Jun '11, 11am

ICANN/GAC Session Marred By Name Calling & Disagreement

Today’s much anticipated meeting between the ICANN Board and the Government Advisory Counsel was marred by name calling and disagreement. The meeting scheduled to run from 4pm-6pm didn’t start until 4:45 and ran until well after 7pm local time. The main topic of the day was once again Trademarks with the GAC wanting to recognize Trademark holders rights based off of the local law under which the trademark was issued, including many EU countries where a trademark can be issued without use. Other countries issue trademark without any review. The United States and other countries only issue trademarks based on a finding of use of the mark and a more substantive check. ICANN on the other hand, quite aware of the gaming of the trademark system that was quite prevalent during the .EU launch wants to limit a “trademark holders” right to obtain a domain during the Sunrise period t...

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