As of January 12, 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors will allow applications for the
new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). ICANN considers these additions
to the Internet as its number one priority. The introduction of these
new gTLDs, after many years of discussion, will promote competition in
registry services, increase consumer choice and allow for diverse
service providers. Currently, there are only 22 gTLDs, e.g., .com, .org,
.edu, etc. The period for application will close on April 12, 2012.
There will be additional application periods subsequent to April 12,
The following are a few excerpts from an article on the new gTLDs. To read the full article, click here.
Types of Names These new gTLDs would cover the following types of names:
Application Process The application process would work in the following way:
applicant must pay $185,000 USD to cover the online registration fee
and the initial evaluation. The applicant may receive an $86,000 USD
credit if the gTLD is the same as an application filed in 2000 for the
proof-of-concept application process. Additional fees include the
More Information For
more details on the new gTLDs, including an applicant guidebook,
advantages/disadvantages of the new gTLDs and strategies for trademark
holders, please click here for the full article.
you have any questions or wish to discuss how these new gTLDs may
impact you, please contact an attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson &
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