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New gTLD Weekly Update (2 November 2012)

We had many productive sessions during ICANN 45 in Toronto. We hope you found our New gTLD Update session useful and informative. And thank you to all who participated in the Trademark Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) sessions. We gathered good feedback and made progress on both of these important issues. If you missed these sessions, you can review them from the Applicants' Corner webpage. Simply click on the link, New gTLD Sessions from ICANN Meetings, to download audio files from all the new gTLD related session in Toronto. Now it's back to work as we continue moving the ball forward!

Here's what's ahead!

More Webinars

We've scheduled the next Applicant Update Webinar for 14 November. And on 21 November, we'll host a webinar on Objections & Dispute Resolution. More information on these upcoming webinars will be posted soon to the Webinar page.


As of 29 October, we've had a total of eight new gTLD application withdrawals – six have been completed and two are in progress.

Change Requests

As of 29 October, we've received 138 change requests and approved and posted 29. To see which applications have been changed, go to the Application Results page and click on More Information. That will take you to the expanded Application Results page with clickable links that provide information about each application.  You can scroll this table to the right to reveal three additional columns – Application Status, Application Updates, and Objections. All approved and posted change requests can be found under the Application Updates column.

Screen shots on where to find withdrawn applications and posted change requests are available here. Change requests [PDF, 752 KB] | Withdrawn applications [PDF, 593 KB]

Prioritization Draw public comment

Quick reminder!  The comment period on Use of a Drawing for Prioritizing New gTLD Applications [PDF, 525 KB] is open through 9 November. If you have views on this proposed method for ordering applications through the remaining program steps, get your comments in! Go to the Public Comment page now.

Clarifying Questions and Applicant Advisories

The planned release date for Clarifying Questions (CQs) is 26 November. More information on this will follow over the next few weeks. Applicant Advisories will be posted soon and are designed to help you prepare for your CQs.  The advisories will be posted on the Applicants' Corner and will give specific examples of answers that meet and do not meet requirements for responding to clarifying questions.

Independent Objector

The Independent Objector, Professor Alain Pellet, has a new website. You can access it from the Objection & Dispute Resolution page by clicking on Independent Objector link and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Or, just click here:

Uniform Rapid Suspension

We continue to add content to the Uniform Rapid Suspension page. More FAQs were added this week.

Video updates

We are continuing with our series of video updates. In case you've missed them, there is a one on GAC Early Warning and one on GAC Advice. And there will be more to come!

As always, if you have ideas or comments on how we can make these updates more useful for you, please send us an email -

Thank you,

Michele Jourdan
Manager, New gTLD Communications