The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding a hearing on “ICANN Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) Oversight Hearing,” at which ICANN’s Kurt Pritz is testifying. The hearing, happening now, has sparked an outcry from pro-intellectual property advocates. Excluding Pritz, all other witnesses are strong supporters of trademark interests.
Venable’s Jacqueline L. Patt, whose practice is focused on intellectual property protections, with a heavy emphasis on Web-based communications, says “The real impact of the [generic top-level domains] program will be in the additional burdens it creates on trademark owners in protecting their brands online. There is a potential for an increase in infringement of brands under the new gTLD program, and, as a result, associations will have to be even more diligent by monitoring the gTLD process and taking action when necessary to protect their brands.”
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