22 Describe proposed measures for protection of geographic names at the second and other levels in the applied-for gTLD

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gTLDFull Legal NameE-mail suffixDetail
.MERCKMSDMSD Registry Holdings, Inc.fairwindspartners.comView

MSD Registry Holdings, Incorporated (“MSDRH”) is keenly aware of the sensitivity of national governments in connection with protecting country and territory identifiers in the DNS. In preparation for answering this question, MSDRH reviewed relevant background material regarding the protection of geographic names in the DNS including:

-ICANN Board Resolution 01-92 regarding the methodology developed for the reservation and release of country names in the .INFO top-level domain (see http:⁄⁄www.icann.org⁄en⁄minutes⁄minutes-10sep01.htm);
-ICANN’s Proposed Action Plan on .INFO Country Names (see http:⁄⁄www.icann.org⁄en⁄meetings⁄montevideo⁄action-plan-country-names-09oct01.htm);
-“Report of the Second WIPO Internet Domain Name Process The Recognition and Rights and the Use of Names in the Internet Domain Name System,ʺ Section 6, Geographical Identifiers (see http:⁄⁄www.wipo.int⁄amc⁄en⁄processes⁄process2⁄report⁄html⁄report.html);
-ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Principles Regarding New gTLDs, (see https:⁄⁄gacweb.icann.org⁄download⁄attachments⁄1540128⁄gTLD_principles_0.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1312358178000); and
-ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization Reserved Names Working Group Final Report (see http:⁄⁄gnso.icann.org⁄issues⁄new-gtlds⁄final-report-rn-wg-23may07.htm).

MSDRH is committed to initially reserving the country and territory names contained in the internationally-recognized lists described in Article 5 of Specification 5 attached to the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook at the second level and at all other levels within the .MERCKMSD gTLD at which MSDRH will provide for registrations. Specifically, MSDRH will reserve:

-The short form (in English) of all country and territory names contained on the ISO 3166- 1 list, as updated from time to time, including the European Union, which is exceptionally reserved on the ISO 3166-1 list, and its scope extended in August 1999 to any application needing to represent the name European Union (see http:⁄⁄www.iso.org⁄iso⁄support⁄country_codes⁄iso_3166_code_lists⁄iso-3166-1_decoding_table.htm#EU);
-The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, Technical Reference Manual for the Standardization of Geographical Names, Part III Names of Countries of the World; and
-The list of United Nations member states in six official United Nations languages prepared by the Working Group on Country Names of the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.

MSDRH’s parent company, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., (ʺMSDʺ), is a leading healthcare company serving the wide-ranging needs of patients and providers around the world, with more than 86,000 employees in upwards of 140 countries. Given this geographic approach to finding localized MSD content, MSDRH intends to explore the option of providing a hierarchical and intuitive framework for the .MERCKMSD namespace by using geographical identifiers as second-level domain names.
MSDRH, either directly or through its designated representatives, will monitor efforts by other new gTLD Registry Operators in potentially working with ICANN’s GAC to explore potential processes that could permit the release of initially-reserved country names (including ISO-3166 two characters). Specifically, MSDRH is interested in exploring Registry Service Evaluation Processes (RSEP) requests that have been filed by other gTLD Registry Operators in releasing reserved domain names.

Similar gTLD applications: (3)

gTLDFull Legal NameE-mail suffixzDetail
.MSDMSD Registry Holdings, Inc.fairwindspartners.com-2.81Compare
.MERCKMerck Registry Holdings, Inc.fairwindspartners.com-2.31Compare
.MERCKMerck Registry Holdings, Inc.fairwindspartners.com-1.99Compare