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  • 1. New Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) The Application & Evaluation Process
  • 2. Agenda:   •  The  Applica/on  Process   •  The  Evalua/on  Process   •  More  Informa/on  and  Links   22
  • 3. Who  Can  Apply?   Any  established  corpora/on,  organiza/on  or   ins/tu/on  in  good  standing.     Evalua/on  fee    US  $185,000   Rules  in  The  Applicant  Guidebook  Who is not eligible: Individuals or sole proprietorships Yet-to-be formed legal entities or applications presupposing the future formation of a legal entity 3
  • 4. Types  of  TLDs  •  Community-­‐based    •  Geographic  Names   Special Rules / Added Requirements•  Interna/onalized  Domain   Names  (IDN)  •  Standard  (i.e.,  everthing  else)   4
  • 5. Community-­‐Based  Applica/ons   5
  • 6. Geographic  Names   6
  • 7. Interna/onalized  Domain  Name  (IDN)    • Domain  names  include  characters  used  in  the  local  representa2on  of   languages  not  wri6en  with  the  basic  La2n  Alphabet.  • IDN  applicants  must  provide  the  applied-­‐for  gTLD  string  in  na2ve  script   and  English  characters.    • Must  comply  with  IDNA  protocol  and  IDN  Guidelines   .Serbia     .СРБ   .ไทย  .Thailand   .India     .ভারত   .한국   .Korea   .РФ     .Russia   7
  • 8. When  Can  I  Apply?   8
  • 9. Where  to  Apply?   •  At  the  web-­‐based  TLD  Applica/on  System  –TAS              Located  on  the  New  gTLD  Website  Tips:    Consult  your  Applicant  Guidebook      Plan  for  all  fees  and  processing  /me    Be  sure  to  aWach  all  appropriate  documenta/on   9
  • 10. Applica/on  Process  Applica/on  not  considered  complete  if:  •     Received  aXer  deadline  (12  April  2012)  •     Evalua/on  fee  has  not  been  paid  •     Applica/on  form  is  incomplete   10
  • 11. Evalua/on  Process  Application Initial Transition to Period Evaluation Delegation Module 1 Module 2 Module 5 Extended Evaluation Module 2 Objection / Dispute Resolution Module 3 Initial Evaluation Module 4 11
  • 12. Program  Timeline  Jan  2012   Apr  2012   Nov  2012   Dec  2012   Dec  2013   Receive   Process   Transi/on  to   Delegate   Applica/ons   Applica/ons   Delega/on   TLD   12
  • 13. Basic  Evalua/on  Path  12 April 2 mos 5 mos 2-5 mos •  All  Mandatory  Ques2ons   Answered   Background  Screening   •  Required  Suppor2ng         Evalua2on  Panels   • Contract  Execu2on   Documents  in  Proper   •  String  Similarity   • Pre-­‐Delega2on  Check   Form   •  Applica2on  Fee  Received   •  DNS  Stability   •  Geographical  Names   •  Technical/Opera2onal     Capability   •  Financial  Capability   •  Registry  Services   13
  • 14. Ini/al  Evalua/on   String Applicant reviews reviews •  String confusion •  Technical & Operational •  Reserved names capability •  DNS stability •  Financial capability •  Geographic names •  Registry services 14
  • 15. Opportuni/es  for  Clarifica/on   Initial Extended Registration Admin Evaluation Evaluation Clarification Check: Clarification Check: Do the responses Do the responses need to be need to be clarified? clarified? Determined by Determined by Evaluation Panels Evaluation Panels 15
  • 16. Extended  Evalua/on  12 April 2 mos 5 mos 5 mos Extended Evaluation Criteria: o  Certain applicants who do not pass Initial Evaluation o  Applicant must request Extended Evaluation within 2 weeks of the end of the Initial Evaluation Process: o  Additional information is exchanged regarding application questions o  No new evaluation criteria are introduced 16
  • 17. Protec/ng  Important  Interests  and  Rights  Grounds for Formal Objection •  String Confusion – string causes confusion •  Legal Rights – infringement of the objector’s rights •  Limited Public Interest – violates principles of int’l law •  Community – misappropriation of a community labelGAC Advice on New gTLDs •  concerns based on national laws or other sensitivities 17
  • 18. Evalua/on  Path  with  Objec/on  12 April 2 mos 5 mos 1 May Objection Filing Period 7  mos   Dispute Resolution 5  mos   18
  • 19. Objec/ons  and  Dispute  Resolu/on   •  Formal objections can be filed with dispute resolution service providers Objection Filing Period •  May be on any of 4 objection grounds •  Applicant may file response to objection Response •  Dispute resolution service provider convenes expert panel Adjudication •  Panel provides Expert Determination 19
  • 20. Evalua/on  path:  Advice  of  Gov’ts  12 April 2 mos 5 mos Comments Posted 60  days   Early Warning 60  days   Gov’t Advisory Cmttee Advice 7  months   Board Consideration 20
  • 21. String  Conten/on  12 April 2 mos 5 mos Two or more qualified applicants have applied for the same or confusingly similar string. String Contention Resolution 21
  • 22. Resolu/on  of  String  Conten/on   I.  Community Priority Evaluation •  Only available for community-based applications •  Evaluation based on a set of four criteria 1. Community Establishment 2. Nexus Between Proposed String & Community 3. Registration Policies 4. Community Endorsement II.  Agreement of the Parties III.  Auction Procedures – Mechanism of last resort 22
  • 23. Transi/on  to  Delega/on   2 mos o  Registry agreement with ICANN required o  Executed within 9 months of the notification date Pre-Delegation Testing •  Technical testing required Delegation Process •  Begins with successful completion of pre-delegation testing •  May include additional technical steps. 23
  • 24. Key  Dates  2011   12  January   Applica2on  Window  Opens   29  March   Ini2al  Registra2on  Due   12  April   Applica2ons  Complete  /  Window  Closes   Strings  Posted   Opens:      Applica2on  Comment  Process   1  May      GAC  Early  Warning      GAC  Advice  Period      Objec2on  Period   12  June   Ini2al  Evalua2on  Begins   Applica2on  Comment  Process  Closes   30  June   GAC  Early  Warning  Closes   12  November   Ini2al  Evalua2on  Closes    Results  are  Posted   24
  • 25. Key  Dates  2011   29  November   Last  day  to  elect  Extended  Evalua2on   Begins:      Extended  Evalua2on      Transi2on  to  Delega2on  (for  Clean  Applica2ons)   30  November    String  Conten2on  (for  Applica2ons  not  in  Dispute     Resolu2on  or  Extended  Evalua2on)   GAC  Advice  Period  Closes   Last  Day  to  file  an  Objec2on  2012   Extended  Evalua2on  Closes   30  April   Dispute  Resolu2on  Closes   Results  &  Summaries  Posted   15  May   String  Conten2on  Opens  (for  Applica2ons  with  Variables)   String  Conten2on  Closes  (for  Clean  Applica2ons)   30  May     Results  Posted   25
  • 26. More  Informa/on   New gTLD Program http://icann.org/newgtlds Applicant Guidebook http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/dag-en.htm Questions newgtld@icann.org 26
  • 27. Thank  You!