AAF Government Report

January 25, 2013

Clark Rector Jr., Executive Vice President – Government Affairs

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AAF Comments to ICANN

The AAF has submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) urging the adoption of a proposal which would provide protection to brand owners and consumers when hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) go live.

The comments ask ICANN to adopt a system that would allow for Limited Protected Registrations (LPRs) that would establish a workable mechanism for brand owners to protect their most valuable assets. LPRs are a limited approach that would not unduly constrain the owners of new TLDs as they would only be available for exact matches for strings in the Trademark Clearinghouse. We believe this is a very reasonable solution to the issue and are hopeful that ICANN will agree.

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