A major milestone has been reached as the Initial Evaluation (IE) phase of the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) program concludes. With this milestone, more than 1,700 applications have moved to the next step(s). Of the 1,930 new gTLD applications submitted, 1,745 passed IE, 32 have gone into Extended Evaluation (EE), and 121 were withdrawn from the program. So now what?
Applications that passed the IE phase will proceed through the program, but not necessarily at the same pace. Based on complexity, some may move straight to the Transition to Delegation phase, while others may have to go through additional steps, such as dispute resolution and string contention. Also, as another indicator of the progression of the New gTLD Program, 12 additional registry agreements have just been signed (11 of which are the first English character TLDs)—these contracts govern the registry and administration of a dozen new gTLD’s.
The new gTLD program was 8-years in the making. Eight years of research, 47 public comment periods, 55 explanatory memoranda, and 7 versions of the new gTLD Applicant guidebook. The first round of New gTLDs is expected to launch later this year (late Q4).
As a registered agent in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), Safenames wants to ensure that our current customers and other trademark holders are prepared for the new gTLD expansion. Trademark holders must enter their mark in the TMCH to participate in the TM Sunrise Periods for new gTLDs. Learn more about the TMCH.
If you have any questions about the TMCH and/or the New gTLD program, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 ([email protected]) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 ([email protected]).