The Latest NgTLD Updates

by Robert Kriner on February 26, 2014

New gTLDs Launched
.みんな (everyone) - Charleston Road Registry
Google’s Charleston Road Registry has confirmed that the Sunrise and Landrush phases for its new gTLD .みんな (pronounced “mee-nuh”, which means “everyone” in Japanese) have both been extended until 26 February 2014:

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Landrush Opens

Landrush Closes

General Availability

09-Dec-13

26-Feb-14

15-Jan-14

26-Feb-14

04-Mar-14

Anyone can apply for .みんな domains during the Landrush and General Availability phases and domains may be registered in Katakana, Kanji, Hiragana, and ASCII characters.

Donuts Sunrises
Registry operator Donuts has announced details of its next TLDs to launch into Sunrise on 4 March 2014 as follows:

New gTLD

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Early Access Program (EAP) Day 1

General Availability

.WORKS

04-Mar-14

03-May-14

07-May-14

14-May-14

.EXPERT

The following Internationalized Domain Names (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

.WED
Registry operator Atgron, Inc. has announced that it is set to launch the Sunrise and Limited Registration/Landrush phases for its new gTLD .WED (for weddings) as follows:

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Sunrise Type

Landrush Opens

Landrush Closes

General Availability

17-Mar-14

18-Apr-14

Start Date Sunrise(first-come, first served)

17-Mar-14

18-Apr-14

1-May-14

During the 30-day Sunrise period, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of up to two years, provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

Permanent Trademark Block Program
Trademark rights holders may also apply to obtain a permanent block (up to the maximum 10 years allowed by ICANN regulations) under .WED for any non-generic trademarks (those which cannot be found within a dictionary for any language that can be substantially provided in ASCII format).

Blocked Domains
Applications for domains appearing in the second-level domain (SLD) block list and currently blocked by ICANN will be accepted, subject to the terms of the Sunrise Period policy. However, such registered domains will not resolve until ICANN approves them for registration.

Domains will also be available to everyone during the Limited Registration/Landrush period on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to Sunrise applications), with domains becoming available for use on 20 April 2014.

General Availability, where domains will be open to all on a first-come, first-served basis, will follow on 1 May 2014.

Note that .WED domain names are intended to be used by couples for one-two years only to “celebrate their wedding,” after which they would be encouraged (via substantially higher renewal fees) to switch to a third-level domain, enabling the second-level domain to be used by another couple.

.BID, .TRADE, and .WEBCAM Reservations – Famous Four Media
Registry operator Famous Four Media’s pre-Sunrise Reservation Program for the new gTLDs .BID,.TRADE and .WEBCAM is now open.

The Reservation Program is first-come, first-served to assist brand owners who do not possess a formal trade-mark and are unable to register a domain name during the Sunrise period. It provides a high likelihood of a domain proceeding to registration, as well as the chance to register the name earlier, since TLDs that are a part of the reservation program will not have a Landrush phase.

All reservations will be subject to Sunrise registrations and the Trademark claims period, as well as conditional upon any ICANN requirements such as name collisions block lists.

When each TLD Sunrise phase starts, the reservation system will continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis throughout until the end of Sunrise Phase, at which point names in the relevant TLD will no longer be available for reservations.

New gTLDs Currently Running
Donuts’ new gTLDs .GURU and .PHOTOGRAPHY, which entered into General Availability on 5 and 12 February respectively, are continuing to grow and remain the top two largest new gTLDs.

.PHOTOGRAPHY now has 21,037 domains, while .GURU has 36,740. Further Donuts TLDs,.TODAY, .BIKE, and .CLOTHING follow with over 7,300 domains each.

Closing Soon
The New gTLDs listed below have Launch phases closing soon. Please submit your applications one-two days before the close of the applicable period to ensure the timely completion of your order.

Launch Phase

New gTLD

Closing Date

Sunrise and Landrush .みんな (.xn--q9jyb4c) – Japanese for “everyone”

26-Feb-14

Sunrise .CAB

01-Mar-14

Sunrise .DOMAINS

01-Mar-14

Sunrise .LIMO

01-Mar-14

Sunrise .COMPANY

08-Mar-14

Sunrise .COMPUTER

08-Mar-14

Sunrise .ACADEMY

08-Mar-14

Sunrise .SYSTEMS

08-Mar-14

Sunrise .MANAGEMENT

08-Mar-14

Sunrise .CENTER

08-Mar-14

Sunrise (Start Date/FCFS) .CEO

12-Mar-14

Landrush .MENU

12-Mar-14

Landrush .UNO

14-Mar-14

Sunrise .EMAIL

15-Mar-14

Sunrise .ONL

15-Mar-14

Sunrise .TRAINING

15-Mar-14

Sunrise .BUILDERS

15-Mar-14

Sunrise .SOLUTIONS

15-Mar-14

Sunrise .SUPPORT

15-Mar-14

Sunrise (Start Date/FCFS) .BERLIN

16-Mar-14

Sunrise . 中文网 (xn--fiq228c5hs) – Chinese for “Chinese network”

17-Mar-14

Sunrise .KIWI

17-Mar-14

Sunrise .线 (xn--3ds443g) – Chinese for “online”

17-Mar-14

Sunrise .BUZZ

18-Mar-14

Sunrise/One Launch Phase онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”

18-Mar-14

Sunrise/One Launch Phase сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”

18-Mar-14

Sunrise .INSTITUTE

22-Mar-14

Sunrise .EDUCATION

22-Mar-14

Sunrise .GLASS

22-Mar-14

Sunrise .REPAIR

22-Mar-14

Sunrise .CAMP

22-Mar-14

New gTLDs Delegated
Ten further new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program have been delegated recently, taking the total up to 155:

Date String Registry
21-Feb-14 .FISH Fox Woods, LLC (Donuts)
21-Feb-14 .삼성 (xn―cg4bki) – Korean for “Samsung/Samseong” Samsung SDS Co., LTD
21-Feb-14 .VACATIONS Atomic Tigers, LLC (Donuts)
21-Feb-14 .INDUSTRIES Outer House, LLC (Donuts)
21-Feb-14 .SUPPLY Half Falls, LLC (Donuts)
19-Feb-14 .XYZ XYZ.COM, LLC
19-Feb-14 .WIKI Top Level Design, LLC
19-Feb-14 .NEUSTAR NeuStar, Inc,
18-Feb-14 .بازار (xn--mgbab2bd) – Arabic for “bazaar/bazar” CORE Association
16-Feb-14 .MANGO Punto FA S.L.

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

New gTLD Registry Operator Date Contract Signed with ICANN
.HAMBURG Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH 20-Feb-14
.SCB The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (“SCB”) 20-Feb-14
.SUZUKI SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION 20-Feb-14
.WHOSWHO Who’s Who Registry 20-Feb-14

So far, a total of 287 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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