Announcement By The Int'l Trademark Assn Re The NSI Domain Name
Policy And The Use Of Trademarks On The Internet.
Release Dates: December 4 and 27, 1996
New York, N.Y., December 4, 1996 -- The International Trademark
Association (INTA) has prepared and released for comment a policy
proposal that addresses the interests of trademark owners and legitimate
Internet users in domain name disputes by proposing that Network
Information Centers (NICs) limit themselves to domain name registration
procedures, and leave dispute resolution to the courts.
This proposal was prepared in response to the Association's recent
appointment to a special international ad hoc committee (IAHC) by the
Internet Society (ISOC). The IAHC was created to define, investigate and
resolve issues arising from a controversial proposal by the Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to establish global registries and add
up to 150 new international top level domain names. IANA is the central
coordinator for assigning Internet addresses, domain names, protocol
numbers, and port numbers for Internet protocol.
INTA selected Sally Abel, Chair of its Internet Subcommittee, as its
representative to the IAHC. Ms. Abel presented for review the
Subcommittee's draft of its Proposed Domain Name Registry Policy at the
INTA Board of Directors Meeting on November 20 in Naples, Florida. Anne
Bright Gundelfinger, an INTA Subcommittee member and one of the drafters
of the proposal said, "The key feature of this draft is that it is fair
to all. It has the added benefits of reducing NIC legal exposure,
encouraging settlements of disputes before domain names are used,
ensuring accountability of domain name holders, reducing warehoused
domain names, and making it difficult for domain name pirates to succeed
in their alleged goals."
Another drafter, Neal Greenfield, added, "This is the only way to
guarantee that the rights of all domain name holders, from owners of
famous marks down to those who have no independent trademark rights,
will be safeguarded from arbitrary decisions of Internet registry
authorities not suited to the task."
The proposal has been posted for comment on INTA's INTA ONLINE web site
(), and may be directly accessed at
. In addition, a hard copy can
be obtained from INTA. INTA's purpose in offering the proposal is to
assure that trademark owners' concerns are represented in the discussion
of Internet domain names, and to ensure that their interests are
equitably recognized in any final resolution of the current debate in
the assignment of domain names and any resulting trademark
The International Trademark Association, founded in 1878 as The United
States Trademark Association, works to promote trademarks as essential
to commerce worldwide. INTA, with more than 3,200 members in 117
countries, leads the way in shaping public policy on trademark and
intellectual property issues, and helps to educate business, the press
and the public on the importance and proper use of trademarks.
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