|April 1, 2014|
Previously published on March 27, 2014
A top-level domain is the part of an Internet address appearing to the right of the last period. A generic top-level domain (gTLD) is a top-level domain that is not a geo graphic or national designation—“.com,” “.org,” and “.net”are gTLDs. Formerly gTLDs were limited to a relatively short list of three-letter combinations, but the Internet Corporation for Adopted Names and Numbers is in the process of freeing gTLDs from those restrictions. The new gTLDs open up endless possibilities for new domain names—and new opportunities for infringement and cybersquatting of trademarks. As new gTLDs are being approved and opened to the public, the Trademark Clearinghouse has been established to help trademark owners protect their trademarks from infringers and cybersquatters in the new gTLDs.