Final Rights Protection Mechanism (RPM) Requirements For New gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain) Registries

traverselegal - December 1, 2013 - Cybersquatting Law

On October 1, 2013, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) published its final Rights Protection Mechanism (RPM) Requirements for the new gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain) registries. This allows people who hold trademarks to be protected during the Domain Name System expansion.

Trademark protections were developed as the new gTLD program begins, they include trademark claims as well as the sunrise services, which are required for all new gTLD’s. The RPM requirements enumerated in the final publishing are mainly concern the implementation of the new gTLD registries. This list of final requirements reflects the feedback given by various stakeholders during the ICANN conference in Beijing in April of 2013.

Here are some highlights of the final Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements:

  • – There are several protections given to those participating in the “Sunrise Period”. This benefit is for trademark holders who meet the requirements given by ICANN who are given the opportunity to register domain names prior to the opening of General Registration .
  • – There are several requirements detailing the notice of registration periods to ICANN.
  • – There are protections for the time and duration of the Sunrise Period.
  • – There are regulations concerning Sunrise Period eligibility.
  • – Registration mechanisms are explicated as well as protections surrounding them.
  • – There are several Sunrise Period technical specifications concerning its implementation.

For more information concerning the requirements issued by ICANN, please click here:

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