48th ICANN meeting: highlights

NetNames recently attended the 48th ICANN meeting where the focus was on the operational issues surrounding gTLDs, Internet governance and the role of ICANN. Below is our round-up of the main news from the event.

ICANN has now added 24 gTLDs into the DNS with many having opened their doors for the initial Sunrise phase. There has now been 960 applicants invited into contracting with ICANN. Of those, 275 have responded to the request, 178 contracts have been sent for signature and 144 registry agreements have been signed.

Following advice issued by The Government Advisory Committee (GAC) at Beijing’s ICANN meeting, 186 applications were identified as exclusive registry access gTLDs. Many applicants have now reconsidered and decided to change their intended use. Just 11 applicants state they still wish to operate exclusively and ICANN will consider those further.

The GAC was again center stage in the debate over the protection of Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs) acronyms. In the GAC communique, published at the end of the meeting, the GAC is compromising by suggesting that Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) protection should be granted at little, or no cost, to IGO’s.

The GAC also reiterated that ICANN should not allow applications for .guangzhou, .shenzhen and .spa to proceed. The delegation of .wine and .vin still remains a subject of debate with the GAC split on whether the gTLDs should proceed.

Other news from the event included:

  • Nominet approves the launch of .uk - NetNames customers will be able to register directly under the .uk ccTLD from next year

  • First English gTLD launch for Sunrise - holders of TMs in the Clearinghouse will be able to submit Sunrise registrations for .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles and .ventures

  • DPML hotting up - with high volumes of registrations already submitted make sure you understand the benefits and flexibility of the Donuts DPML

NetNames customers amongst the most protected brands online

The latest TMCH figures show that NetNames customers are the most prepared for the new gTLD program. The TMCH now has over 17,000 registrations, and a further 13,000 are expected to be added before the end of 2013, so now is the time to add your trademarks.