In about ten days ICANN is hosting the next annual meeting in Beijing. We expect an intense week with interesting discussions on the remaining open issues in the new gTLD program, such as the actual implementation of the principles behind the trademark protection mechanisms (TMCH, IP Claims services), as well as the finalizing of the contract (gTLD agreement) between the gTLD applicants and ICANN.
And as always the internal fights amongst applicants who have applied for identical strings will be “fun” to hear about.
We also look forward to discussing the new gTLD program with Chinese brands and CNNIC to hear about their expectations for the new gTLDs.
Last, but not least, it will be very exciting to follow any possible outcome of the GAC (Governmental Advisory Committee) discussions on potential veto (GAC advice) against individual applications.
ICANN seems determined to stick to the (latest) timeline and we are thrilled to see that (hopefully) the gTLD program will enter the delegation and launch phase after a long and sometimes frustrating zig zag hurdle race through the application and evaluation phases.
Zai Jian and see you in Beijing.