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==Background==
The establishment of the IRT was a result of a public discussion regarding the implementation models of new gTLDs during the 34th ICANN Meeting in Mexico City on March 1-6, 2009. During the discussions, the IPC and different internet stakeholders voiced their concerns over trademark protection issues and the costs associated with the implementation of new gTLDs such as the application fee of $135,000 stated in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook. Subsequently, the ICANN Board authorized the creation of the IRT to tackle & identify the problems related to trademark protection and recommend solutions.<ref>
[http://www.zadna.org.za/documents/Annexure_L_ICANN_Mexico_2009_report.pdf ICANN Mexico 2009 Meeting]</ref> The IRT was developed by members of the IPC. [[Caroline G. Chicoine]]] served as Chairman of the team.  The ICANN Board instructed IRT to release its draft report to the internet community on April 24, 2009 and the final report on May 24, 2009 for public comments.<ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-26mar09-en.htm New gTLDs and Trademark Issues: Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT)]</ref>
On March 24, 2009, IRT conducted its first administrative meeting (teleconference) and formulated its working rules and agenda for future meetings.The teams first face to face meeting was held in Washington D.C. on April 1-2, 2009.<ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-26mar09-en.htm New gTLDs and Trademark Issues: Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT)]</ref>
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