The announcement by ICANN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers) of the public’s ability to apply for personalized top-level domain names (gTLDs) caused uncertainty for companies in the Internet landscape with regard to trademark protection. The looming unknown might provide the flood of graduating law students a foray into an exciting new world of Intellectual Property issues to the right of the dot. Trevor Schmidt, an associate at Moore & Van Allen PPLC, laid the foundation of Internet domains and hinted at issues that will arise from the roll-out of ICANN’s gTLD application process.
Professor Kesan returned to the topic of ICANN's domain name dispute resolution process, UDRP. In the process, he addressed a very interesting correlation between various countries' levels of economic development and the dispute resolution systems they adopt.