Hundreds of stakeholders are gathering in San Jose, Costa Rica today for the first official day of ICANN’s 43rd public meeting.
While the news that the US government has deferred the renewal of ICANN’s IANA contract for another six months has set the most tongues wagging so far, there’s a lot more going on.
In this in-depth DomainIncite PRO ICANN 43 preview, we take a look at:
- Why many attendees think the shock IANA news is a personal slight against ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom.
- How protecting the Olympic and Red Cross trademarks could lead to the new gTLD application window being extended.
- Why the Governmental Advisory Committee is pushing for greater powers to reject new gTLD applications.
- Which companies have applied for the potentially lucrative Trademark Clearinghouse contract (and which one is our favorite to win), and why unanswered questions have the IP community worried.
- What criteria new gTLDs will be judged against after they launch.
- Why critical talks between ICANN and domain name registrars could lead to the retail price of domain names doubling, and why that probably won’t happen any time soon.