Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) has First Meeting
May 4, 2009
The Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), at the direction of the ICANN Board, announced in March it had formed an Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) to provide possible solutions for Trademark and other Intellectual Property concerns raised during the comment period for the new gTLD Guidebook.
The first face-to-face working meeting was April 1st. The IRT has recently published a website which outlines their focus and provides links to resources including a WIKI site. The WIKI site is intended for groups or individuals interested in providing comment or recommendations to the specific issues tasked by the IRT.
The four primary issues that the IRT will focus on are:
- Trademark Protection – High Priority Issues raised during the comment period for the new gTLD Guidebook, most notably IP Clearance, Dispute Resolutions mechanisms and WhoIs requirements for the new TLDs.
- Potential for Malicious Conduct – ICANN has raised the issue of studying the potential for criminal abuse in the new gTLDs and possible measures for mitigation.
- Root Zone Scaling – This study will look at the root impact of not only adding new gTLDs, but also IDNs, DNSSEC, and IPV6.
- TLD Demand and Economic Analysis – ICANN commissioned an independent third-party to produce reports that address consumer benefits and pricing issues. These reports were available for public comment through April 17th, and are located here.