Panel determines .med would create likelihood of detriment to medical community.
Internet powerhouse Google and one of the world’s most respected health institutions, The Cleveland Clinic, have both seen their hopes for operating a .med top level domain name dashed by an arbitration panel.
Both parties were on the losing end of community objections filed by Independent Objector Alain Pellet as part of the new top level domain name objection process.
International Chamber of Commerce arbitration panelist Fabian von Schlabrendorff ruled that “med,” short for “medical,” represents a clearly delineated community that would face a likelihood of material detriment should either Google or Cleveland Clinic be delegated the .med top level domain name.
This decision is consistent with another arbitration panel’s ruling against Donuts’ bid for .medical.
The Independent Objector also filed Limited Public Interest objections against Google, Cleveland Clinic, HEXAP. He lost all of those objections.
Because HEXAP filed its application as a community application, Pellet did not file a community objection against it. Therefore, assuming ICANN does not create a way to reverse panel decisions, only HEXAP’s .med application continues.
The decision against Cleveland Clinic is embedded below.