The first objection to a new gTLD application has been published, as the deadline for filing objections against such applications approaches.
According to the International Center for Dispute Resolution, Demand Media’s application for the .immobilien bid has received an objection from Starting Dot on the grounds of ‘string confusion’. Starting Dot has applied for .immo, a word which is commonly used for ‘homes’ in the real estate sector in several European countries. ‘Immobilien’ is German for ‘homes’.
It is thought that the objection is based on confusion relating to the similarity of meaning between the two strings, rather than any visual or audible confusion.
This objection is expected to be first of many. The deadline for filing objections using any of the four available mechanisms (String Confusion Objection, Legal Rights Objections, Limited Public Interest Objections and Community Objections) is Wednesday, 13th March, 2013. Objections across all Dispute Resolution Service Providers are expected to be posted in mid-April.