The IRT (Implementation and Recommendation Team), which was formed by ICANNÛªs Intellectual Property Constituency, has identified a number of proposed solutions to address trademark protection issues and their final report will be published on May 29th.
Their proposed solutions in the last draft included:
IP Clearinghouse, Globally Protected Marks List and other top and second rights protection mechanisms;
Draft Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) Procedure;
Post delegation dispute resolution mechanisms at the top level;
Thick Whois model requirements for new TLDs; and
Use of algorithm in string confusion review during initial evaluation.
The third version of the Applicant Guidebook will be made available after the ICANN Meeting in Sydney, so that additional discussions from the event and around the IRT recommendations can be incorporated into it. The third version is expected to be completed by September of this year.
According to ICANN, it is currently anticipated that applications for new top-level domains will be accepted starting in the first quarter of 2010.