The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking public comment on negative perceptions of the new generic top level domain name (gTLD) regime.

Last month, the organization opened a 90-day window for parties to submit applications for customized domain names.

But according to ICANN, as the time of the gTLD window drew nearer, some parties stated their perception that they will need to submit “defensive” applications.

A number of firms and organizations said they would be applying for a gTLD to protect their trademarks, the corporation noted.

ICANN commented, “The new gTLD program features carefully crafted, new protections for trademark owners and consumers.

“When considering applications for new top level names, the process is designed to protect these important interests through independent objection and dispute resolution processes.”

As such, ICANN is seeking to engage with stakeholders to allay any worries they may have about the new regime, particularly where intellectual property rights are concerned.

ICANN seeks public comment on ‘defensive’ gTLD applications
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