If Elisa Cooper at MarkMonitor has her way, it will soon be much easier for other people to steal your domain names!
The URS has a shortened time frame for domain owners to respond, so short that if you go on vacation your likely to miss the time, and parts of the proposal under consideration include one where a domain owner who loses a fixed number of URS in a certain time frame may be barred from even filing a defense to future URS filings.
Moreover Mark Monitor wants the Global Trademark Database which is part of the new gTLD process to apply to .Net’s as well.
The problem with that is the WIPO database which is already up and operating, in anticipation of the passage of the final gTLD rules, contains over 630,000 entries, including most dictionary words, two and three letter combo’s and all sorts of generic terms. Hell even the letter ‘F” is in the database.