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What steps are being taken to protect the rights of trademark owners?

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014 10:37AM COT
.CO Internet is following established best practices in trademark and IP protection to ensure that the domain is launched and managed in an equitable and sustainable way.  Our intention is to make the .CO domain name an asset to trademark holders and a tremendous opportunity for companies, entrepreneurs and individuals globally.
We began with a structured sunrise and implemented a number of important rights protection mechanisms to ensure for the fair and orderly distribution of domains.  Our policies were designed with the guidance and counsel of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency in mind; along with the lessons learned from previous domain launches and consultations with a variety of global domain registries.

Among other things, our rights protection initiatives include the following:
Reservation of Premium Names. The .CO registry has held back certain generic words and phrases to be allocated via sales or other defined allocation processes and programs.

Uniform Dispute Resolution Process. We have contracted with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Arbitration Forum to oversee the arbitration and mediation of domain name disputes that may arise.

Reliable WHOIS Data. The .CO Registry is built with Thick WHOIS data and registrants are required to keep their data updated and accurate at all times.

Rapid Domain Compliance Process.  We have a process in place to rapidly take down any website in cases where phishing, pharming, malware, or other significant security threats have been identified.  We are also putting in place policies to quickly suspend domains in instances where serial cyber-squatting can be established.

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