The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced this week at ICANN 49 Singapore that the number of new generic top levels domains (gTLDs) that have been “delegated” — i.e., designated as ready for launch — now tops 175. Recently delegated gTLDs include:
- . 世界 (Chinese for “world/shijie”)
The ICANN website shows the complete list of delegated gTLDs. As this number climbs, it becomes increasingly and even alarmingly important for trademark owners, regardless of whether they have vast or small trademark portfolios, to take action so they have the ability to receive notice and protect their registered marks in the rapidly expanding Internet.
What does delegation mean to brand owners?
Logistically, delegation means that the gTLD registry can begin the “Sunrise” period. For trademark owners however, delegation signals that the battle to quash unauthorized use of domain names has begun.…