By John McKeown of Cassels Brock
ICANN's online application system
was taken offline on April 12, 2012 in order to protect applicant data. A
technical issue in the system allowed some users to view a limited number
of other users' file names and user names, in certain scenarios.
ICANN has said that the date when applied-for TLDs are announced, otherwise
known as reveal day, will follow the announcement of the application system
re-opening date. ICANN will notify all applicants within seven business days of
its April 27, 2012 announcement to say whether its analysis shows they were
affected by the technical glitch in the TLD application system. After the
notification process has been completed, ICANN will announce the schedule for
reopening the application system and completing the application period. ICANN
has acknowledged the need to allow sufficient time during the reopening period
for applicants to confirm the completeness of their submissions.
In an May 2, 2012 announcement ICANN has provided more information about the
problem and confirmed that there are 1268 applicants.
There is currently uncertainty about the new date for completion of the
application period and reveal day. ICANN says delay is undesirable but the
quality of its program is more important to all concerned.
For further information regarding this matter, please contact John McKeown or any member of our Intellectual
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