HISTORY OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE .INFO DOMAIN
The .INFO domain was originally introduced to be an unrestricted domain, like .COM. The .INFO domain Registry attempted to protect Trademark owners during its initial roll-out by having a “Sunrise Period” whereby those owning a trademark or service mark which had been registered on or before October 2, 2000, in any national trademark office, could pre-apply for the identical textual or word element of the mark as a domain name. Applications were randomly selected for registration, e.g. if two companies with the same name applied, only one would be chosen.
(1) the registrant was the owner of a current trademark or service mark registration;
(2) the trademark or service mark registration did not have national effect. For example, in the United States it is possible to obtain a state trademark or service mark registration in any one of the United States of America, which registrations have only statewide effect, not national effect;
(3) the second-level domain name is not identical to the trademark or service mark registration; or
(4) the trademark or service mark registration did not issue on or before October 2, 2001.
If the challenger was successful in the challenge, it would then have the opportunity to register the domain name, or the domain name would remain available for registration. WIPO was the exclusive Dispute Resolution Provider during the
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