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ICANN Board Directs Staff to Launch New Top Level Domain Applications in May of 2011

Over the last several years, ICANN 1 has been working on a process by which the domain name space can be expanded. Currently, ICANN has approximately twenty generic top level domain names (or gTLDs as they are called) under its umbrella. The most well known gTLD is the <.com>. Other current gTLDs...

Starting an Online Business / CLE Webinar - ICANN's New Top-Level Domain Names, Featuring Paul D. McGrady Jr.

Paul D. McGrady Jr., a partner with Greenberg Traurig in Chicago and author of McGrady on Domain Names , told LexisNexis® about new top-level domains in the works at ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The ICANN board voted recently to complete the process for final...

Starting an Online Business / CLE Webinar - ICANN's New Top-Level Domain Names Part 1: Concerns For Businesses

By Paul D. McGrady, Jr., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig / Author, McGrady on Domain Names One of the new topics that general counsel need especially to be aware of is ICANN's plan to launch new top-level domain names. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the outfit...

Starting an Online Business / CLE Webinar - ICANN's New Top-Level Domain Names Part 2: The Expenses Related To New Domain Names

By Paul D. McGrady, Jr., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig / Author, McGrady on Domain Names In terms of timing, ICANN can pull the switch at any moment. The last meeting in San Francisco just ended recently and there's another meeting in Singapore in June. I know that ICANN is anxious...

Starting an Online Business / CLE Webinar - ICANN's New Top-Level Domain Names Part 3: Will the New Top-Level Domain Names Result in a Horse Race To Get There First?

By Paul D. McGrady, Jr., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig / Author, McGrady on Domain Names Well, there's not going to be a horse race because there's a three-month application window and there is, at least the way the applicant guide book is written today, no benefit to being the first...

ICANN Makes Hundreds of New gTLDs Available as of 2012

By AMY G. MARINO & ROBERT C. VAN ARNAM ICANN OPENS UP HUNDREDS OF INTERNET DOMAIN NAME ENDINGS WHICH WILL GREATLY EXPAND WEBSITE POSSIBILITIES FOR BOTH BRAND OWNERS AND POTENTIAL INFRINGERS. The Board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just approved a plan to significantly...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: .XXX Sponsored Top-Level Domain Registration Period Begins September 7, 2011

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) delegated .XXX sponsored top-level domain names (sTLDs) on April 15, 2011. The .XXX sTLDs are managed by the ICM Registry and are reserved for members of the adult entertainment industry (the "Sponsored Community"). The...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: New gTLDs to Appear as Early as 2012

By Brian Gregg At its June 20, 2011 meeting in Singapore, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted nearly unanimously to approve the long awaited Applicant Guidebook. That decision starts the clock on the application process for the new generic top level domains ("gTLDs"...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Sunrise Period to Open Soon for .XXX Domain Names

By Andrew Baum and Jeffrey A. Kobulnick The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the launch of a new sponsored top-level domain (sTLD), .XXX, which will be available beginning September 7, 2011. As the name suggests, the .XXX sTLD is specifically designed for...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Is Your Brand EXXXposed? Sunrise Period To Block .XXX Domain Registrations Begins Soon

By Troy E. Larson The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which governs the domain name system for the Internet, approved the September 7, 2011, launch of the controversial .XXX top-level domain. The new domain is intended to provide the adult entertainment industry...

Duane Morris LLP: Inception of the Online Red Light District: ICANN to Launch Top-level Domain Extension This Fall

By Mark A. Steiner Background The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to launch the new .XXX (dot-triple X) top-level domain (TLD) extension this fall. The intended users are those in the adult entertainment industry with websites that are sexually oriented...

Williams Mullen: eXXXamining Your Brand: Sunrise Period for Trademark Owners to Prevent From Becoming .XXX Domains Starts September 7, 2011

BY: AMY G. MARINO & ROBERT C. VAN ARNAM As we wrote in June, the historic use of domain names has changed. This update focuses on the new .XXX domain. Brand owners should be aware of the particular issues of this domain and take necessary steps to protect their valuable trademarks. After...

Duane Morris LLP: Triple X: Not Just for the Adult Entertainment Industry

By Mark A. Steiner and Christiane Campbell As we reported in the August 22, 2011, Duane Morris Alert , " Inception of the Online Red Light District: ICANN to Launch Top-level Domain Extension This Fall ," the launch of the .XXX sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) is on the horizon. On...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Limited Window to Prevent Trademark Uses in 
Internet Red Light District Domains (.XXX)

By Brian P. Gregg As of September 7, 2011 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will begin offering .xxx domain registrations. The registry will be operated by Florida-based ICM Registry (ICM), the company that first applied for the .xxx domain in 2004. ICM's intent...

Sutherland Legal Alert: XXX Domains: Prevention is Better than the Cure

By Chris Chan , James Johnson , Josh Curry , and Ian Wasser Brand owners should be wary of the launch of the new .XXX top-level domain, scheduled for implementation in December 2011. While Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) intended the new .XXX domain to host adult entertainment...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: UPDATE .XXX Domain General Availability Starts December 6, 2011

By Brian Gregg As of December 6, 2011 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will begin offering .xxx domain registrations to the general public. The registry will be operated by Florida-based ICM Registry (ICM), the company that first applied for the .xxx domain in...

Williams Mullen: ICANN Under Fire on Eve of New GTLD Release

BY: AMY G. MARINO The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to accept new applications from January 12, 2012 to April 12, 2012 for hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, e.g., .com, .net, .org), in the wake of recent urging from the Department of Commerce...

Foley & Lardner LLP: ICANN Accepting Applications for New Generic Top Level Domain Names

By Toni Y. Hickey and Andrew Baum The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began accepting applications for new generic top level domain names (gTLDs) on January 12, 2012. ICANN is accepting applications through April 12, 2012 and expects to receive approximately 4,000...

John McKeown and Jim Davis on ICANN's New gTLDs

On this edition, John McKeown of Cassels Brock in Toronto and James Davis of Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. discuss ICANN's expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) and what it means to brand owners. Copyright© 2012 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Visit...

John McKeown and James Davis Update the Application Process for ICANN's Expansion of Generic Top-Level Domains: What Brand Owners Need to Know

On this edition, John McKeown of CasselsBrock in Toronto and James Davis of Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. provide an update on the application process for ICANN's expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). They review the current timeline and what lies ahead for brand owners. Copyright©...

1286 Applications for Top Level Domain Names - Reveal Day Delayed

By John McKeown of Cassels Brock ICANN's online application system was taken offline on April 12, 2012 in order to protect applicant data. A technical issue in the system allowed some users to view a limited number of other users' file names and user names, in certain scenarios. ICANN...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Why Wait To Register? Trademark registrations are quickly becoming the only cost effective means to defend brands online

By Brian P. Gregg Investing in a trademark registration is becoming the only effective means for defending a brand online at relatively modest costs. Business owners who do not own federal registration for their trademarks are seeing their ability to protect their marks on the Internet shrink at the...