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Work Efforts

At any given time, the GAC works to examine a range of issues related to the functions and responsibilities of ICANN. GAC Members use the information to develop policy positions within their own administrations and the GAC as a whole may try to reach a consensus position on particular matters. Having reached a consensus view, the GAC usually then provides advice to the ICANN Board. This section of the GAC website provides the GAC Working Group Members tools to manage their work, meetings, research and collaborative documents. It also provides an anthology of previous GAC work efforts related to each ICANN topic of interest, which is available to any user to review.


Rights Protections Mechanisms

As part of the gTLD application process, an objection procedure was established to protect various rights and interests, including the Legal Rights Objection (LRO) process to provide for protection of legal rights at the top level. This dispute resolution procedure was used to determine whether an applicant’s potential use of the applied-for new gTLD would cause infringement of the objector’s existing trademark.

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