New gTLD Application Tracker 3.0 launched

Kevin Murphy
August 12, 2013
Analysis

While we’ve added several smaller requested features to the DI PRO New gTLD Application Tracker over the last few months, the time has come for the second big update to the service.

Subscribers have asked for a number of changes and upgrades to make it easier to quickly get at the data they need, and we’re happy to oblige.

The Application Tracker, has been updated in three areas.

New “Current Status” Tab

Talking to subscribers over the last few weeks, it became clear that different people are using the Application Tracker in different ways for different reasons.

Some want to be able to find out if, for example, an application has ever been objected to or received GAC advice, while others only want to know whether those objections and advice are still active.

From today, both use cases are made easier with the introduction of a new Current Status tab.

Searches conducted under this tab automatically filter out all withdrawn and rejected applications. If a contention set has been won, the winner will not display as contested in results.

Similarly, if an application managed to fight its way through objections or GAC advice, it will show as unopposed and unencumbered in search results pages.

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Subscribers who want to carry on using the service to access historical information about applications can continue to use the previous version of the Application Tracker under the new “Original Status” tab.

Full IE Results

The existing IE Results database has been folded into the Application Tracker under a new tab, and there’s also a new option to see the full scores for each application that has passed through Initial Evaluation.

The new IE Results (Detailed) tab shows the scores each application received for each of the 27 Applicant Guidebook questions for which scores are made available

The Basic tab shows the financial and technical evaluation subtotals along with other information about the applicant and back-end provider.

New Search Options

With ICANN’s publication of Interilse Consulting’s report into the potential security risks of new gTLDs last week, each string was assigned a risk profile: Low, High or Uncalculated.

The database was updated with this information the same day it was published, but now you can search on it too, choosing to limit your search to, or omit, any of the three classes.

You can now also search for, or exclude, applications that have been rejected by ICANN. There are only three such applications right now, but I’m sure this option will become more useful in future.

Past and Future Updates

For details of all the original features of the Application Tracker, see this April blog post. For DI PRO subscription information, click here.

Subscribers can send suggestions for future updates to kevin@domainincite.com, as always.

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See all new gTLD Initial Evaluation scores in one place

Kevin Murphy
May 7, 2013
Analysis

Today, DI PRO introduces a new search tool that enables you to easily view, search and sort Initial Evaluation scores from a single page.

The tool, available here, is designed for users who desire a little more granular data on IE results than currently displayed on the New gTLD Application Tracker.

Users can see financial, technical and total evaluation scores for each application that has been processed through IE (currently 244 applications) in the same sortable table.

Results can be filtered by string, applicant and back-end registry services provider.

New scores will be added every Friday night (or Saturday morning, depending on the timing of ICANN’s results publication) until Initial Evaluation ends.

UPDATE MAY 14: The tool now also lists the date the results were published, enabling users to see which applicants are failing to immediately pass according to their prioritization number.

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Database: Applications affected by GAC Advice on New gTLDs

Kevin Murphy
April 15, 2013
Analysis

ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee published its Advice on New gTLDs during ICANN’s 46th public meeting, held in Beijing April 7-11, 2013.

The Advice, found in the Beijing Communique, is far-reaching and, initial reactions suggest, goes a long way to attempt to redefine several key assumptions new gTLD applicants had made about the program.

There are five broad categories of Advice on New gTLDs contained within the Beijing Communique. Overall, 517 unique applications are affected, according to DI’s analysis. This page attempts to present a comprehensive list of these applications, with a brief summary of each Advice type.

DI PRO subscribers can read the list here.

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Check out our Trademark Clearinghouse Cost Calculator

Kevin Murphy
January 24, 2013
Analysis

This week, the operator of the forthcoming Trademark Clearinghouse — which will underpin Sunrise periods in new gTLDs as well as the new Trademark Claims service — released its price list.

Two payment mechanisms are expected to be available: Basic, for trademark owners with 10 or fewer trademarks, and Advanced, for large trademark portfolio owners and companies that wish to act as submission agents (such as digital brand management companies).

As the prepaid Advanced system is somewhat complex, with five tiers of discount and an accumulating points-based mechanism for determining eligibility, we’ve designed a simple, easy-to-use tool for helping companies calculate their likely fees.

Check out the Trademark Clearinghouse Cost Calculator here.

Simply enter how many one-year, three-year and five-year registrations you expect to make, and the tool will present three pricing scenarios, designed to show what possible savings could be made by submitting longer-term registrations before others.

The tool also supports the Early Bird bonuses that the Clearinghouse intends to offer. These bonuses make it easier to achieve discounts more quickly, but only for registrations are submitted before the first new gTLD’s Sunrise period goes live.

The under-the-hood calculations are based on the official pricing scheme published yesterday by the Clearinghouse here (in PDF format).

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gTLD Application Tracker now has advanced search functionality

Kevin Murphy
December 29, 2012
Analysis

We’ve made a number of updates and enhancements to the New gTLD Application Tracker database and search engine in December, designed to make it easier for applicants and other interested parties to predict the potential competitive environment as applications head into the home stretch of final approval and ultimate delegation.

These are some of the new features now live on the Application Tracker:

  • Priority Numbering. Each application is now trackable by its Prioritization Draw number, and the search index is sorted by priority by default.
  • GAC Early Warnings. Each of the 241 Early Warnings submitted by the Governmental Advisory Committee has been linked to the relevant application. Warnings are downloadable in PDF format from the application view page, if applicable. Search queries can also be configured with a click to exclude all applications that received warnings. Note that the database does not currently include warnings that were filed late by the European Commission and Iran as it is not yet clear whether these are “official” Early Warnings.The database will be updated when their status is clarified.
  • Advanced Search. Nine new options are available in the search engine, designed to make it easier to see the data you want to see by excluding certain types of applications — such as those with Early Warnings — from your queries.
    • IDNs. You can now choose to exclude IDN applications or non-IDN applications if you’re only interested in one or the other.
    • Geographic and Community applications — which may trigger certain special evaluation criteria with associated timing implications during the ICANN process — can also be removed from results as desired.
    • Registration Policies. If you’re interested only in applications for “Open” gTLDs — those without any planned registration restrictions — you can choose to ignore Single-Registrant (including dot-brand) and “Restricted” applications in your results.
    • Contention. If you’re attempting to predict a possible delegation queue, you can exclude all contested applications — which may, failing early resolution, be delayed by auctions or other settlement processes — from your results. On the assumption that two-way contention sets are more likely to be quickly resolved than larger ones, you can also choose to exclude only contention sets with more than two applicants from your results.

To see an example of the kinds of results pages than can be built, clicking the search button below will generate a prioritized list of Open, non-IDN applications that are have two or fewer applicants and no GAC Early Warnings.

As before, the database is in most cases aware of applicants’ corporate parents. A query for “donuts” in the applicant field will generate results associated with Donuts Inc, for example, regardless of the legal name of the applicant.

The Application Tracker will continue to be enhanced as the new gTLD evaluation process continues. When Objections and GAC Advice begins to be published in March and April, for example, the Tracker will be updated to enable filtering based on those criteria.

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