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[[Image:UnderConstruction.png]] The '''Implementation Recommendation Team''' is a working group composed of international experts with relevant knowledge and experience in the field of consumer protection and trademark issues and laws. It was created by the [[IPC|Intellectual Property Constituency]] of the [[Generic Names Supporting Organization|GNSO]] (GNSO) in compliance with the an [[ICANN Board]] Resolution on March 6, 2009. Its main objective is was to develop recommendations that will help resolve the issues concerning trademark protection in connection with the introduction of new [[gTLD|generic top level domain names ([[gTLD]]s(gTLDs). <ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-06mar09.htm Adopted Board Resolutions|Mexico, March 6, 2009:Protection for Trademarks in New gTLDs]</ref>
==Background==
The establishment of the IRT was a result of a public discussion regarding the implementation models of new gTLDs during the [[ICANN 34|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 , which, may discourage participation , 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 ICANN Board instructed the IRT to release its draft report to the internet 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 team's 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>
==IRT Recommendations==
The IRT identified high priority issues and recommended the following solutions to help solve the top concerns of the internet Internet stake holders:<ref>
[http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/irt-final-report-trademark-protection-29may09-en.pdf IRT Final Report]</ref>
# Creation of [[Trademark Clearinghouse|IP Clearinghouse]], Globally Protected Marks Lists, Associated Rights Protection & Standardized Pre-launch Mechanisms# ƒUniform ƒ[[Uniform Rapid Suspension System ([[URS]](URSS)
# Post delegation dispute resolution mechanisms at the top level
# [[Whois]] requirements for new TLDs
==Members of IRT Team==
The IRT was developed by 18 members of the IPC. Caroline G. Chicoine served as Chairman of the team. The members of the IRT include:<ref>[http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/irt-list-23mar09-en.pdf IRT Members]</ref>
* '''[[Caroline G. Chicoine]]''', Practicing Attorney- Fredrikson & Byron* '''[[Mette M. Andersen]]''', Corporate Counsel- LEGO Juris A/S
* '''[[Jonathan Cohen]]''',  Senior Partner- Shapiro Cohen]]  
* '''[[J. Scott Evans]]''',  Senior Director ‐ Legal, [[Yahoo]]! Inc.

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