The Latest NgTLD Updates

by T+B Blog Team on February 14, 2014

New gTLDs Currently Running
(.SHABAKA), the first of the new gTLDs to enter into Sunrise, which is now live and open for General Availability, has received some media coverage this week, with an article featuring the new gTLD in BBC Technology News, as well as at Domain Incite, which references that 814 domains have been registered at the end of the Landrush phase.

Domains under the Arabic script TLD (which is the generic term recognized by Arabic speakers for “the Internet”) are available to all on an unrestricted and first-come, first-served basis.

The Donuts new gTLD .GURU would also appear to be the most popular of the new gTLDs at the end of its Early Access Program with 12,394 active domains, according to domainincite.com.

New gTLDs Launched
.BERLIN
We would like to remind you that the Sunrise phase for dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG’s new gTLD .BERLIN, which is due to start on Friday 14 February, is a Start Date Sunrise where domains will be registered on a first-come, first served basis.

Sunrise
Opens

Sunrise
Closes

General
Availability

14-Feb-14
(UTC 10:00)

16-Mar-14
(UTC 23:59:59)

18-Mar-14
(UTC 10:00)

During the Sunrise period, trademark rights holders may register their domain names, provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

It is a requirement for domains registered during both the Sunrise and General Availability phases that the domain Owner/Admin Contact must have an address in Berlin and a Proxy/Privacy is allowed for this purpose. It is also required that domains should be in use within 12 months of registration with the content related to eligibility.

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are available in both Latin and Cyrillic scripts.

Donuts Sunrises
Registry operator Donuts has announced details of its next TLDs to launch into Sunrise on 18 February 2014:

New gTLD

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Early Access Program (EAP) Day 1

General Availability

.AGENCY
.BARGAINS
.BOUTIQUE
.CHEAP
.ZONE

18-Feb-14

19-Apr-14

23-Apr-14

30-Apr-14

The following IDNs are available for Donuts’ new gTLDs:

  • English, French, Spanish in all Latin TLDs, except for German
  • English, French, Spanish, and German in the German TLDs
  • English and Chinese only in the Chinese IDN TLDs

.WIEN
Registry operator punkt.wien GmbH has announced the launch of its new regional gTLD .WIEN into Sunrise as follows:

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Sunrise Type

11-Feb-14

30-Apr-14

End Date Sunrise
(not first-come, first served)

Domains may be registered by any person or entity intending to show an economic, cultural, touristic, historical, social, or other affinity with Vienna throughout the registration term.

There will be no verification process at the time of registration to confirm that an applicant has met such requirements, however this can be reviewed by initiating alternative dispute resolution procedures. More information will follow soon.

Afilias
Registry operator Afilias has announced the first of its new gTLD Sunrise periods to launch will be for .KIM, an ancient Korean surname which means “gold.” According to Afilias, it is the most common Korean surname.

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Sunrise Type

General Availability

11-Mar-14

10-Apr-14

Start Date Sunrise
(first-come, first served)

11-Apr-14

During the Sunrise period, trademark rights holders may register their domain names, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH. Domains registered during General Availability will be available to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect Afilias to make a further announcement regarding its new gTLDs for .RED, .PINK, .BLUE, and .MOBI in Chinese soon.

New gTLDs Delegated
Twelve further new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program were delegated last week, taking the total to 134:

Date

String

Registry

05-Feb-2014 . 移动 (xn--6frz82g) – Chinese for “mobile” Afilias Limited
05-Feb-2014 .BLUE Afilias Limited
04-Feb-2014 .FLIGHTS Fox Station, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .CLEANING Fox Shadow, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .REPORT Binky Glen, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .EVENTS Pioneer Maple, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .CRUISES Spring Way, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .RENTALS Big Hollow, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .PARTNERS Magic Glen, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .PROPERTIES Big Pass, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .CATERING New Falls, LLC (Donuts)
04-Feb-2014 .EXPOSED Victor Beach, LLC (Donuts)

New gTLDs Signed
The following new gTLD Registry operators entered into a Registry Agreements with ICANN last week, under which they will operate their new gTLDs:

New gTLD Registry Operator Date Contract Signed with ICANN
.COLOGNE NetCologne Gesellschaft für Telekommunikation mbH 05-Feb-14
.SPIEGEL SPIEGEL-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG 05-Feb-14
.ARCHI STARTING DOT LIMITED 06-Feb-14
.BRUSSELS DNS.be vzw 06-Feb-14
.CHURCH Holly Fileds, LLC (Donuts) 06-Feb-14
.DABUR Dabur India Limited 06-Feb-14
.HERE Charleston Road Registry Inc. 06-Feb-14
.LIFE Trixy Oaks, LLC (Donuts) 06-Feb-14
.VLAANDEREN DNS.be vzw 06-Feb-14

So far, a total of 280 Registry Agreements have been signed. The full list of Registry Agreements can be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries.

If you have any questions related to new gTLDs, please contact your local Corsearch Account Manager, or email us at newgtlds@wolterskluwer.com.

If you are interested in submitting trademarks to the Trademark Clearinghouse, please contact us at tmclearinghouse@wolterskluwer.com for assistance with the submission process.

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