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Amazon and Google hit as Independent Objector files 24 new gTLD objections

Kevin Murphy, March 13, 2013, 23:04:56 (UTC), Domain Registries

Alain Pellet, the new gTLD program’s Independent Objector, has filed 24 official objections against new gTLD applications.
Five of its 13 Community Objections are against dot-brands that have geographical meanings — Amazon’s .amazon and three translations, an outdoor clothing maker’s bid for .patagonia and a Mumbai cricket team’s application for .indians.
Other recipients are the two applications for .charity and the one for the Chinese translation .慈善.
Every other objection is related in some way to health.
The remaining six Community Objections target .med, .health, .healthcare and .hospital bids.
Limited Public Interest Objections have also been filed against the four .health applications, .healthcare, the four .med bids and the one .hospital.
That’s right, the .hospital and .healthcare applications, both filed by Donuts subsidiaries, have been hit twice.
Donuts is not the only one: Google’s .med bid has a Community Objection and a Limited Public Interest objection too.
The reasons for the objections do not appear to have been published yet.
The objections stand to delay each of the target apps by about five months, according to ICANN’s timetable.
The full list of IO objections can be found here.

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Comments (6)

  1. Rubens Kuhl says:

    I think some other blog made a joke about the Objector not objecting to anything… it seems the IO had the last laugh.

  2. Ray Marshall says:

    So, will other TLDs with no objections move up closer to the front of the timeline, or, will these delays cascade to other TLDs that have a higher number?

    • Rubens Kuhl says:

      They will move closer, but if/when TLDs get out of objection process, they go back at the same point of the line as if they were not affected.
      As objections delays applications by 5 months, that’s good news only for the first few uncontested applicants.
      Contention set resolution and objection resolution will make all be in line following their numbers after they clear out.

  3. emilio gaviria says:

    Objections for .Patagonia are rights.

    • Rubens Kuhl says:

      I was really surprised to see .Patagonia and .Amazon in the IO list. But this shouldn’t prevent the Argentinian, Brazilian and Peruvian government to seek GAC Advice against those two applications, as the IO can prevail or not in the objection.

    • Rubens Kuhl says:

      I’m also curious whether an objection has been filed against .cba, an application that had opposition from the Argentinians of Cordoba.

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