02 November, 2010

Protecting IGO Names & Acronyms

Repeating old, hackneyed and discredited arguments, the World Intellectual Property Organization is once again insisting on protection for the names and acronyms of international intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) in the DNS.  WIPO writes:  "The names and acronyms of IGOs are protected under international law within the scope of Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property" and "to date we are not aware of any provision in the DAG or otherwise providing such envisaged protection".

Someone should make WIPO aware of the fact that ICANN has already dismissed their argument; in an earlier letter to the Bank for International Settlements ICANN General Counsel Louis Touton wrote:  "Just as the introduction of an Internet top-level domain creates no intellectual property rights in the top-level domain name because it is not source-identifying, the use of that name as a top-level domain is not subject to exclusion under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the same reason."

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