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The GAC provides advice to the ICANN Board on policy matters where there may be an interaction between ICANN’s policies and various laws, international agreements and public policy objectives. GAC Advice is communicated to the ICANN Board through either a Communique or a formal piece of Correspondence.

2013-11-20-IGO

GAC Advice

Reference No. :

2013-11-20-IGO

First Delivered via :

N/A

Consenus:

Consensus met

2013-11-20-IGO

Communication

Protection of Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs)

The GAC Advises the ICANN Board that:

The GAC, together with IGOs, remains committed to continuing the dialogue with NGPC on finalising the modalities for permanent protection of IGO acronyms at the second level, by putting in place a mechanism which would:

        1. provide for a permanent system of notifications to both the potential registrant and the relevant IGO as to a possible conflict if a potential registrant seeks to register a domain name matching the acronym of that IGO;
        2. allow the IGO a timely opportunity to effectively prevent potential misuse and confusion;
        3. allow for a final and binding determination by an independent third party in order to resolve any disagreement between an IGO and a potential registrant; and
        4. be at no cost or of a nominal cost only to the IGO.?

The GAC looks forward to receiving the alternative NGPC proposal adequately addressing this advice. The initial protections for IGO acronyms should remain in place until the dialogue between the NGPC, the IGOs and the GAC ensuring the implementation of this protection is completed.

Next Steps/Required Action

Board Response - Received 10 February 2014

Letter from Heather Dryden to Cherine Chalaby re IGO Protection_20140306.pdf - Sent to Board on 6 March 2014

Letter from Steve Crocker to Heather Dryden on IGO acronyms - 13 March 2014

Proposal for dealing with GAC advice on IGO acronyms

Responsible Party

Board

Current Status/Communications Log

Board Scorecard:

Board Scorecard-Updated 5 February 2014

On 2 October 2013, the NGPC proposal in response to the GAC’s advice in the Durban Communiqué regarding protections for IGO acronyms was submitted to the GAC for its consideration.

The NGPC is developing ways to implement the GAC advice, including whether there are mechanisms, other than the Trademark Clearinghouse, that can be used to implement the advice. The NGPC will prepare an alternative proposal for consideration by the GAC.

The NGPC adopted a resolution at its 9 January 2014 meeting to extend the initial protections for IGO acronyms while the GAC and NGPC continue to work through outstanding implementation issues.

To note: During the Buenos Aires meeting, the GNSO unanimously approved the recommendations in the Final Report of the IGO/INGO Protection PDP Working Group. The Final Report recommended reserving IGO names but not their acronyms. It did allow for the inclusion of acronyms in the TMCH in future rounds if they were included in the TMCH during the current round. It also requested an issue report on possible revisions to the UDRP and URS policies that would allow IGOs to take advantage of these processes. Subject to receiving direction from the Board, the NGPC will: (1) consider the policy recommendations from the GNSO as the NGPC continues to actively develop an approach to respond to the GAC advice on protections for IGOs, and (2) develop a comprehensive proposal to address the GAC advice and the GNSO policy recommendations for consideration by the Board at a subsequent meeting.

Previous Advice and Responses:

2012-10-17-IGO (Toronto Communique)

2013-04-11-IGO (Beijing Communique)

2013-07-18-IGO Acronyms (Durban Communique)

Board Action (Accept/Disagree)

Subject to receiving direction from the Board, the NGPC will: (1) consider the policy recommendations from the GNSO as the NGPC continues to actively develop an approach to respond to the GAC advice on protections for IGOs, and (2) develop a comprehensive proposal to address the GAC advice and the GNSO policy recommendations for consideration by the Board at a subsequent meeting.