First of the new gTLD Sunrise registration periods scheduled to open later this month
We have previously reported on the expansion of the Domain Name System following the process launched in 2012 by ICANN to allow for the registration of a potentially unlimited number of new gTLDs – see full article. There were 1930 new gTLD proposals received by ICANN, of which 116 have been withdrawn. The 1814 remaining gTLDs will be launched in batches and the release of the first gTLDs is scheduled to commence later this month.
First Domain Names to enter Sunrise period
One new Registry, Donuts, Inc, announced last week that it plans to commence accepting Sunrise period applications for the following 9 new gTLDs on 29 October 2013:
Donuts, Inc has announced that the Sunrise period for each of these gTLDs will be 60 days meaning that the Landrush period (when registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis) will possibly start sometime in January 2014.
Trade Mark Clearinghouse
Only trade mark holders who have filed and secured a registration in the Trade Mark Clearinghouse (TMCH) can apply for domain names in the Sunrise period ( for eg. BRAND.camera) . If trade mark owners have not yet registered in the TMCH then it is not too late but the application should be filed as soon as possible as it takes at least 21 days for the TMCH validation process to be completed.
There have been suggestions in recent media reports (although yet to be confirmed) that the Sunrise periods for the following gTLDs will open as follows:
First gTLDs to be delegated
Finally, ICANN accounced yesterday that the following new gTLDs have been delegated, meaning that they have been introduced into the Internet’s Root Zone, the central authoratative database for the Internet’s Domain Name System:
The above are the first of many gTLDs in various non- Latin scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, Greek and Hindi that will be introduced under the new gTLD Program. It has not yet been announced when the Sunrise period for these domain names will open.
If you have any queries then please contact your regular DCC advisor.