Pre-emptive Action

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says its time intellectual property rights protection extended further into the Internet. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says its time intellectual property rights protection extended further into the Internet. WIPO is recommending “a uniform intellectual property (IP) protection mechanism” to control illegal domain name registrations in any new generic Top-Level Domains, said a statement issued by WIPO on Wednesday.

The main generic Top-Level Domains are websites that end with .com, .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .net, .org, .aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, and .pro.

But more generic Top-Level Domains are on the way.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – the body that oversees the functioning of the domain name system – is looking at adding more generic Top-Level Domains into cyberspace.

So, to stop cyber squatters from grabbing trademark-protected names under new generic Top-Level Domains, WIPO is suggesting some safeguards.

WIPO says intellectual property rights holders must be given the chance to register their protected