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- Legal Rights Objection: The holder of a trademark or other legal right has standing to file a legal rights objection when the applied-for gTLD string violates or infringes the legal rights of the objector. Parties filing a legal rights objection will file the objection with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Additional information can be found here on WIPO’s website.
- String Confusion Objection: Existing TLD operators or gTLD applicants from the current round of applications may lodge a string confusion objection when the applied-for gTLD string is confusingly similar to the objector’s existing TLD or applied-for gTLD string. Parties filing string confusion objections will file with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Additional information can be found here at the ICDR website.
- Limited Public Interest Objection: A party may file a limited public interest objection if the party believes the applied-for gTLD string is contrary to generally accepted legal norms of morality and public order. Parties should file limited public interest objections with the International Center of Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Additional information can be found here on the ICC website.
- Community Objection: Established institutions associated with clearly defined communities can file a community objection if there is substantial opposition to the gTLD application from a significant portion of the community targeted by the gTLD string. Like limited public interest objections, a party filing a community objection will file the objection with the ICC. Additional information can be found here on ICC’s website.
- The objector’s name and contact information;
- A statement of why the objector meets the standing requirements;
- A description of the basis of the objection, including a statement giving the grounds on which the objector is objecting and a detailed explanation of the validity of the objection;
- Copies of any supporting documents; and
- Initial filing and administrative fees.
Posted: February 19, 2013