What are gTLDs and how will the launch of new ones in the coming months affect intellectual property and trademarks?

A gTLD (generic top-level domain name) is the top-level domain name of an Internet address that identifies it generically as associated with some domain class, such as .com, .net, .org, .gov, and .edu. The launch of new gTLDs will greatly expand the domain name system (DNS). Working with Intellectual Property experts and various community stakeholders, ICANN developed mechanisms that enable trademark holders to protect their rights during the DNS expansion. For more information on the other rights protection mechanism, please see ICANN’s website.

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