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Partner Robert J. Kenney Quoted in Law360 and BNA Electronic Commerce and Law Report on New Generic Top-Level Domain Names

BSKB partner Robert J. Kenney was quoted in two articles regarding the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s reveal of the applications for new generic top-level domain names.

In a June 13, 2012 Law360 article, Mr. Kenney discusses the trademark clearinghouse service that ICANN plans to offer, which, for a fee, will provide companies with a guarantee that their trademark will not be registered on any of the new domains. However, cybersquatters often use spelling variations to get around this issue. Mr. Kenney states that “If it’s not identical, ICANN is not going to stop someone from registering it.” Law360 subscribers can read the full article on the Law360 website.

In a Bloomburg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report article, also from June 13, 2012, Mr. Kenney discusses standard versus community applications and their different objection processes. He states, “For community applications, objections must be based on the fact that a substantial portion of the community doesn’t support a string.” Regarding the option of a lawsuit in response to a potential threat, Mr. Kenney notes, “If an application raises serious concerns, given the choice between filing an objection or a lawsuit, it may be wise to do both.” The full article can be read here.