State of the Net for the Week of September 22

Yvette Miller ⬥ 22 September

In the expanding Internet of Things, trademark owners have the task of making sure that intellectual property rights keep up with technology. At last week’s INTA conference on Internet, Innovation and ICANN: The Evolving Landscape of the Net, IP experts discussed how data is gathered through home tools (such as thermometers or cameras) and products like the ’new apple watch’, how this data can be used properly, and how privacy concerns can be addressed.

With regards to the expanding Internet itself, name collision continues to be a concern for brand owners as they seek a resolution from ICANN. As mentioned last week, ICANN’s comment period on a draft collision framework wrapped up on September 15, and trademark owners are hoping the final draft takes IP concerns into account. IP eyes are also on the impending evaluation of ICANN’s new gTLD application process, a review required under the Affirmation of Commitments and that is slated to begin in January 2015. As the Internet community continues to discuss ways to measure ICANN’s accountability (that comment period closes on Saturday, September 27), the inclusion of and responsiveness to stakeholder groups on key ICANN issues will undoubtedly be under scrutiny.

For Your Radar

September 29 – October 1: World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Guadalajara, Mexico

October 12 – 16: ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

October 29: Nine-Month Contracting Deadline for Applicants with CIRs

July 29, 2015: 18-Month Contracting Deadline for Applicants with CIRs that Request and are Granted the 9-month extension

Public Comment Periods to Consider:

September 27: Comments period closes on ICANN’s Accountability Process

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