We’ve all seen the typical pay-per-click websites that are reached by inputting certain domain names into the address bar. Sometimes they show generic links featuring dating services, mortgage lending, or nutritional supplements; other times, they show links to the owner of a well-known brand name that’s contained in the domain or, worse, to its competitors.
This week, ICANN is kicking off its second public meeting of the year in Helsinki, Finland. FairWinds will be traveling back to northern Europe for the second time in two months, having also attended the Global Domains Division (GDD) Summit in Amsterdam this past May.
ICANN’s New gTLD Program has always been regarded with some degree of skepticism from the intellectual property community. After all, in-house counsels tasked with protecting trademarks online previously had to only consider a few legacy top-level domains like .com and