Consultation on implementation of French characters in .ca domain names
The Canadian internet registration authority (CIRA) is considering opening its registry to names bearing accents in the French language. Until now, only letters without accents were accepted. CIRA conducted in the fall a first round of consultation and it is now in the second phase of consultation, since January 24 until February 24, 2012.
What is being proposed is to introduce accentuated characters of the French language, namely the following: é, ë, ê, è, â, à, ô, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï.
If CIRA goes forward with its project, it may become important for you to protect, by supplementary filing, the French version of your trademarks, trade names, and domain names, so that no one can occupy the accentuated French field, thereby causing confusion.
We will be following the evolution at CIRA and report timely. Should you wish more information, you can consult www.consultationidn.ca/community/en.
We shall be glad to discuss the above with you.
This bulletin is intended as a general information instrument and is not to be considered as a legal advice or opinion on any of the issues raised.