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Amongst the humdrum of ICANN activity this week were two webinars dedicated to the issue of geographic names at the top level of the domain name system. During the first round of new gTLDs, a number of brands – from Patagonia to Tata – applied for their trademarks at the top level, only to find themselves in disagreement with governments, who claimed sovereign rights over the corresponding geographic name (in addition to those names already protected in the Applicant Guidebook e.g. city names). Unless the ICANN community can come together and agree a way forward, then any future round of new gTLDs will continue to feature these uncomfortable disagreements, and even litigation.