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ICANN appears to be pushing ahead with the launch of new generic Top Level Domains and there does not seem to be any impending roadblocks that would stop this initiative.  At a meeting held last week, the ICANN board approved a plan where it would begin accepting new gTLD applications in May of 2011.    As part of the final Applicant Guidebook (AGB), it is expected that ICANN will define which trademarks will be included in the trademark clearinghouse and outline which marks will not be accepted. 

According to the timeline published by ICANN, the AGB is expected to  be approved by the Board on December 10th at the meeting in Cartagena and will be published on January 11th.  ICANN will then undertake a four month global communications plan and start accepting applications by the end of May.  The official timeline for when ICANN will approve of new gTLD applications and new domain extensions will be added to the zone has not been communicated, but it is widely speculated that it will occur in the 4th quarter of 2011.


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