The witness list has just been posted for the House IP committee on the new gTLD’s hearing that’s going to be held on Wednesday , and its not shocking that the list isn’t exactly fair and balanced.
Here is the list:
Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property
Fox Group Legal
President and CEO
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Fox (News Corp.) should be expected to take a very hard line position against the new gTLD’s based off of concerns of Trademark holders.
Mike Palage just posted an article at Circle ID saying that “The ICANN Board needs to ensure that every GAC concern is fully addressed to their satisfaction.”
Steve Metallitz formerly worked at the Motion Picture Assn. before entering private practice, and is also a former head of ICANN’s IP Constituency.
Of course Josh Bourne has been leading the trademark groups in saying that the new gTLD program will cause great damage to Trademark interests.
If you listen to the hearing remember that every word, two letter, three letter combination and mostly every phrase or saying, you have every heard is trademarked all the way down to even the letter “F” and that’s just in the US.
Trademark groups want protection not just for very famous and distinctive marked such as Verizon and Google but for ALL trademarks, from anywhere in the world including jurisdictions that protect marks that are not even in use yet.
Kurt Pritz from ICANN seems to be the only one who will be defending the new gTLD program and should expect a nightmarish attach from Congress and all witnesses.
We will be listening to the hearing and keep you updated