Last week, I blogged about an overview of the gTLD opportunity. This week, I wanted to outline the application process and intellectual property issues associated with the development.
- The first application window is expected to open in the summer or fall of 2011. No firm date has been set, but once the window opens it will remain open for several weeks at a minimum.
- In the application, applicants will be required to demonstrate their financial ability to establish and administer a stable and secure gTLD Registry, as well as the integrity and trustworthiness of the applicant entity and its directors, officers, partners, and major shareholders.
- Applicants will also be required to demonstrate a clear understanding and accomplishment of some groundwork toward the key technical and operational aspects of a gTLD Registry operation.
- Applicants also must provide a business plan outlining the operational details of the Registry
- Once the application has been filed, it will be subject to initial ICANN review, as well as public comment and third-party objection. Extended evaluation may be necessary in some situations.
- In the event that one or more parties applies for the same (or confusingly similar) gTLD, the final contention resolution procedure is auction.
- If the application is approved and all objections and contentions are overcome, the applicant will enter a Registry Agreement with ICANN the gTLD will be delegated after a pre-delegation technical check (please note that the Registry Agreement has not yet been finalized, but a draft version is attached hereto for your review).
- The time from application to delegation can range from 8 to 20 months depending on the obstacles faced during the review process.