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The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology has assumed the patronage of the newdomains 2013 new gTLD-conference in Munich. The patronage emphasizes the significance of new gTLD and the TLD conference itself. ...click for more
The introduction of New gTLDs is moving forward as ICANN has finished the Initial Evaluation for 93 New gTLD applications. The Initial Evaluation results are published on ICANN’s new gTLD site. Clicking on the result will take you to the Initial Evaluation report for that application.
ICANN has three possible outcomes of Initial Evaluation: ...click for more
On 3 October 2011 ICANN posted a Request for Information (TMCH RFI) regarding the TMCH. On 26 March 2013 the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is finally going to start its operation. ...click for more
Yesterday, on 17 December 2012, ICANN held its Prioritization Draw in Los Angeles to determine the order in which initial evaluation results are released. The draw influences how quickly an applicant may release a new extension to the public.
Each applicant had the opportunity to purchase a ticket to participate in the draw. Nevertheless, every applicant received a priority number regardless of whether a ticket was purchased. The advantage of buying a ticket was to receive a low priority number. ...click for more
Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) System to impact newgTLD schedule?
In August 2012 ICANN held a meeting in Brussels regarding the technical details of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). ICANN has awarded the TMCH contract to Deloitte and IBM. Deloitte will be responsible for trademark validation and authentication while IBM will maintain the database and administer Sunrise and Trademark Claims. Both are expected to subcontract IPClearingHouse BVBA (CHIP) in order to facilitate these services. ...click for more
Regardless of whether your organization has applied for a New gTLD, you should pay close attention to what New gTLDs are being applied for to protect your rights and other legitimate interests. Since 13 June 2012, all applied for gTLDs have been published on ICANN’s [New gTLD site]. ICANN also provides the [public sections] of all applications. In particular question 18(a) may be of interest for any evaluation if a TLD may infringe intellectual property rights: ...click for more
Digital Archery, ICANN’s solution to assign gTLD application to evaluation batches has been terminated. After numerous critical open letters to ICANN and inconsistent testing results, the procedure was initially suspended on 23 June 2012. Digital Archery would have closed on 28 June. ...click for more
Today new gTLD batching has started. ...click for more
ICANN has primarily updated references to related documents and modified the wording for GAC advice. ...click for more
Today ICANN announced several important dates for new gTLD applicants. The highly anticipated Reveal Day, when all gTLD applications and applicants will be announced, has been scheduled for June 13th.
TAS, the TLD Application System is scheduled to close on 30 May 2012, at 23:59 UTC after it has been re-opend on 22 May 2012. ...click for more