[bc-gnso] FW: ICANN chair expects more new TLDs delay
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- Subject: [bc-gnso] FW: ICANN chair expects more new TLDs delay
- From: Phil Corwin <pcorwin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:06:27 +0000
ICANN chair expects more new TLDs
Kevin Murphy<http://domainincite.com/about>, February 3, 2011, 10:55:21 (UTC),
ICANN's new top-level domains program is unlikely to be approved at its San
Francisco meeting next month, according to chairman Peter Dengate Thrush.
"We don't think we'll be able to approve the final applicant guidebook in
March," he said in a new interview with World Trademark
This confirms my
that changes to the Guidebook made following the upcoming meeting between
ICANN and its Governmental Advisory Committee may be too extensive for ICANN to
rubber-stamp without first consulting the community.
The ICANN board and the GAC are due to
Brussels, February 28 and March 1, to discuss the GAC's outstanding concerns.
Chief among these concerns is trademark protection, where the GAC is pretty
much aligned with the interests of the intellectual property constituency.
Brussels will also cover matters such as geographic names protection and
procedures for dealing with controversial
governments may want to object to.
While ICANN is under no obligation to adopt the GAC's suggestions wholesale, if
it makes substantial concessions its bylaws will likely demand more public
comment on the changes.
ICANN's board indicated last week that it plans to tell the GAC where it
disagrees with its advice at a consultation March 17, one day before its San
It also said that it plans to approve a
"as close as practically possible to the form as set out in the Proposed Final
Applicant Guidebook" published in November.
UPDATE: I had an opportunity to put Dengate Thrush's comments to ICANN CEO Rod
Beckstrom this afternoon. He said: "I'm not going to forecast when the final
Applicant Guidebook will be approved."
Philip S. Corwin
Butera & Andrews
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
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