The Latest NgTLD Updates from Corsearch

by T+B Blog Team on May 22, 2014

New gTLDs Launched/Announced

Donuts Sunrises

Registry operator Donuts has announced details of its NgTLDs to launch into Sunrise as follows:

New gTLD Sunrise Opens Sunrise Closes Sunrise Type Early Access Program (EAP) Day 1 General Availability
.REISEN 20-May-14 19-Jul-14 End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served) 23-Jul-14 30-Jul-14
.TOYS
.UNIVERSITY
.TOWN
.WTF 27-May-14 26-Jul-14 End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served) 30-Jul-14 06-Aug-14
.FAIL
.FINANCIAL
.LIMITED

 

The following Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are available for Donuts’ NgTLDs:

-          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

The full launch schedule for Donuts’ new gTLDs can be found at: http://www.donuts.co/tlds/.

世界 (xn--rhqv96g) – Chinese for “world/shijie”

A Sunrise phase is currently underway until 2 June 2014 for registry operator Stable Tone Limited’s NgTLD .世界 (xn--rhqv96g)—Chinese for “world/shijie.”

Sunrise applicants may apply for domains either in the “Ambassador Class” or the “Member Class,” provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and they must submit a Request for Proposal to the registry.

If more than one applicant for the same domain is eligible and approved by the Registry, then a single sealed-bid auction will result.

In the Ambassador Class, domains are provided at no cost in return for a registrant promoting its delegated domain and adhering to the principles/goals of the NgTLD (failure to do so may result in suspension, transfer and/or cancellation of the domain name). Applicants can apply for a limited number of domain names (typically a single non-generic or non-geographic domain name) through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process with the Registry. Successful applicants may register a domain name for a period of up to five years at no cost, with the option of submitting a renewal RFP to the Registry prior to the expiration of the domain name.

In the Member Class, businesses, organizations, or individuals must be a recognized leader in the Chinese marketplace within their respective industry. Registrants are required to adhere to the principles/goals of the NgTLD, but are not otherwise required to promote the NgTLD. Applicants can apply for a limited number of domain names (typically a single non-generic or non-geographic domain name) through the RFP process with the Registry and successful RFP applicants may register a domain name for a period of up to five years, with the option of submitting a renewal RFP to the Registry Operator prior to the expiration of the domain name.

There is no Landrush phase and General Availability will begin on 5 June 2014.

All registrations under General Availability must also be submitted through the RFP process and the pricing for .世界 is the same during both Sunrise and General Availability.

.VEGAS

 Registry operator Dot Vegas, Inc has announced the launch schedule for its NgTLD .VEGAS as follows:

Sunrise Opens Sunrise Closes Sunrise Type Landrush Opens Landrush Closes General Availability
02-Jun-14
(19:00 UTC)
01-Aug-14
(18:59:59 UTC)
End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served) 14-Aug-14
(19:00 UTC)
10-Sep-14
(18:59:59 UTC)
15-Sep-14
(19:00 UTC)

 

During the Sunrise phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

Multiple applications for the same domain during the Landrush phase will also result in an auction, with domains available to all on a first-come, first-served basis upon commencement of General Availability.

Please note that there are no nexus requirements for any of the launch phases.

Domains are available to register for terms of from 1–10 years and IDNs are currently not available under .VEGAS.

.MOSCOW and .МОСКВА

Registry operator Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (FAITID) has announced the launch schedule for its NgTLDs .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА as follows:

Sunrise Opens 10-Jun-14
Sunrise Closes 10-Jul-14
Sunrise Type Start Date Sunrise
Limited Registration Period I Opens 15-Jul-14
Limited Registration Period I Closes 13-Aug-14
Limited Registration Period II Opens 19-Aug-14
Limited Registration Period II Closes 25-Aug-14
Landrush Opens 24-Sep-14
Landrush Closes 18-Nov-14
General Availability 01-Dec-14

 

During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH. Domains may be registered during the Sunrise phase for one year only.

During the Limited Registration Period I, domains will be available on a priority basis for the owners of trademarks protected in Russia, while during Limited Registration Period II, priority for domains will be given to owners of trade names, designations of origin, mass media, and not-for-profit organizations from Moscow and the Moscow region.

Domains will be available to all under the Landrush period and finally on a first-come, first-served basis upon commencement of General Availability.

.МОСКВА domains are available in Russian Cyrillic characters.

. (.xn--io0a7i) – Chinese for “network” and .公司 (.xn--55qx5d) – Chinese for “company”

Registry operator Computer Network Information Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China Internet Information Center) has announced the launch schedule for its NgTLDs, . (xn--io0a7i Chinese for “network”) and .公司(xn--55qx5d – Chinese for “company”), as follows:

Sunrise Opens 16-Jun-14
Sunrise Closes 16-Jul-14
Sunrise Type Start Date Sunrise
Pioneers Period Opens 17-Jul-14
Pioneers Period Closes 06-Aug-14
Landrush Opens 06-Aug-14
Landrush Closes 04-Sep-14
Auction Period Opens 28-Aug-14
Auction Period Closes 11-Sep-14
General Availability 15-Sep-14

 

During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH.

A Pioneers Period will follow Sunrise wherein qualified companies, community groups, and business associations will be able to register their domains prior to General Availability. During the Pioneers Period, domain labels that have not been reserved by CNNIC or registered under “.络.CN” will be available for registration to eligible applicants providing:

-          a scanned copy of a trademark registration certificate (in mainland China); or

-          trademark record screenshots from an approved trademark authority (outside of mainland China).

Furthermore, any registrant having a domain previously registered under “络.CN” will be given the first right to activate the identical name under “.络” from the start date of the Pioneers Period. Those registrants under “络.CN” should activate their “.” domains in the Pioneer Period (CNNIC will not charge an activation fee).

During the Landrush phase, domains will be available to all upon the provision of corresponding identity documents, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

Domains will be available to all on a first-come, first-served basis upon commencement of General Availability.

IDNs will be available in Chinese simplified or traditional characters, or pinyin.

.DESI

Registry operator Desi Networks, LLC has announced the launch schedule for its NgTLD, .DESI, as follows. “Desi” is derived from Sanskrit and refers to the culture, people, and products originating from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka).

Sunrise Opens Sunrise Closes Sunrise Type Landrush Opens Landrush Closes General Availability
16-Jun-14 16-Aug-14 End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first served) 25-Aug-14 26-Sep-14 Sep-14 (TBC)

 

During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction.

Multiple applications for the same domain during the Landrush period will also result in an auction, with domains available to all on a first-come, first-served basis upon commencement of General Availability.

.CYMRU and .WALES

ICANN has formally signed a contract giving registry operator Nominet’s NgTLDs .CYMRU and .WALES the go-ahead, which will allow businesses and consumers to demonstrate their Welsh identity, language, and culture online.

A phased launch plan will begin on 1 September 2014 for those having their applied-for terms in the TMCH, followed by businesses and organizations who can prove interests and use of a brand name in Wales even if they don’t have a trademark. The final phase will see the addresses open up to everyone from 1 March 2015.

Further information will follow soon.

New gTLDs Currently Running

Registry operator Republican State Leadership Committee, Inc.’s NgTLD .GOP has been in the news this week with an article featured at http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=a68c0161-ee2f-44f9-91b1-7b8c29dba2a0.

GOP stands for ‘Grand Old Party,’ an alternative name for the Republican Party in the United States and is the only NgTLD in the first round of applications to be operated by a political party. According to the article, one commentator has “urged brands to consider the string when devising their registration strategies, no matter what their political persuasion.”

.GOP is currently in its Sunrise phase until 30 June 2014.

Meanwhile, NgTLD .CLUB has moved into third position in the top NgTLDs by volume, with 45,277 domains registered to date. .GURU remains in top position with 56,563 domains, with .BERLIN in second place with 47,182 domains registered.

A total of 766,255 NgTLDs have been registered to date (source: DI PRO).

Closing Soon

Launch Phase New gTLD Closing Date
Sunrise .BEST 19-May-14
Landrush .IMMOBILIEN 19-May-14
Landrush .NINJA 19-May-14
Sunrise .XYZ 20-May-14
Sunrise .WANG 21-May-14
Sunrise .机构 (xn--nqv7f) – Chinese for “agencies/institutions” 22-May-14
Sunrise .संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e) – Hindi for “organization/sangathana” 22-May-14
Sunrise .орг (xn--c1avg) – Russian for “organization/org”) 22-May-14
Landrush .WIKI 22-May-14
Sunrise .CONDOS 24-May-14
Sunrise .MAISON 24-May-14
Sunrise .PROPERTIES 24-May-14
Sunrise .TIENDA 24-May-14
Landrush .REVIEWS 26-May-14
Landrush .FUTBOL 26-May-14
Landrush .SOCIAL 26-May-14
Sunrise .WEBCAM 30-May-14
Sunrise .TRADE 30-May-14
Sunrise .BID 30-May-14
Sunrise .PRODUCTIONS 31-May-14
Sunrise .EVENTS 31-May-14
Sunrise .PARTNERS 31-May-14
Sunrise .DATING 31-May-14
Landrush .XYZ 01-Jun-14
Sunrise .JETZT 02-Jun-14
Sunrise .INK 02-Jun-14
Sunrise .PUB 02-Jun-14
Sunrise .商城(xn--czru2d) – Chinese for “mall” 05-Jun-14
Sunrise .дети (xn--d1acj3b) – Russian for “kids/deti” 06-Jun-14
Sunrise .CARDS 07-Jun-14
Sunrise .CLEANING 07-Jun-14
Sunrise .CATERING 07-Jun-14
Sunrise .COMMUNITY 07-Jun-14
Sunrise .REST 08-Jun-14
Sunrise .ARCHI 08-Jun-14
Sunrise .BAR 08-Jun-14
Sunrise .TOKYO 08-Jun-14
Landrush .ARCHI 08-Jun-14
Sunrise .MODA 09-Jun-14
Landrush .VOTING 09-Jun-14
Family Names Sunrise .BAR 09-Jun-14
Sunrise .MOE 13-Jun-14
Landrush .NAGOYA 13-Jun-14
Sunrise .SUPPLIES 14-Jun-14
Sunrise .INDUSTRIES 14-Jun-14
Sunrise .SUPPLY 14-Jun-14
Sunrise .PARTS 14-Jun-14
Sunrise .TOOLS 14-Jun-14
Sunrise .VODKA 15-Jun-14
Sunrise .COOKING 15-Jun-14
Sunrise .RODEO 15-Jun-14
Sunrise .COUNTRY 15-Jun-14
Sunrise .HORSE 15-Jun-14
Sunrise .FISHING 15-Jun-14
Landrush .VODKA 15-Jun-14
Landrush .COOKING 15-Jun-14
Landrush .RODEO 15-Jun-14
Landrush .COUNTRY 15-Jun-14
Landrush .HORSE 15-Jun-14
Landrush .FISHING 15-Jun-14
Sunrise .CONSULTING 16-Jun-14
Sunrise .KAUFEN 16-Jun-14
Landrush .INK 19-Jun-14
Sunrise .NYC 20-Jun-14
Sunrise .FISH 21-Jun-14
Sunrise .VISION 21-Jun-14
Sunrise .REPORT 21-Jun-14
Sunrise .SERVICES 28-Jun-14
Landrush .WANG 29-Jun-14
Sunrise .BLACKFRIDAY 30-Jun-14
Sunrise .ROCKS 30-Jun-14
Sunrise .GOP 30-Jun-14
Sunrise .CHRISTMAS 30-Jun-14
Sunrise .ACTOR 30-Jun-14
Landrush .PUB 30-Jun-14

Please place your orders one to two business days before the closing date to ensure timely order processing.

New gTLDs Delegated

Nine further NgTLDs from ICANN’s NgTLD program have been delegated this week, taking the total to 268:

 Date String Registry
15-May-14 .GUIDE Snow Moon, LLC (Donuts)
15-May-14 .AUDIO Uniregistry, Corp.
15-May-14 .HIPHOP Uniregistry, Corp.
15-May-14 .LOANS June Woods, LLC (Donuts)
15-May-14 .CHURCH Holly Fileds, LLC (Donuts)
15-May-14 .LIFE Trixy Oaks, LLC (Donuts)
15-May-14 .BEER Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
15-May-14 .JUEGOS Uniregistry, Corp.
15-May-14 .LUXE Top Level Domain Holdings Limited

 

New gTLDs Signed

The following NgTLD registry operators have entered into a Registry Agreement with ICANN this week, under which they will operate their NgTLDs:

 New gTLDs Registry Operator Date Contract Signed with ICANN
.CHANNEL Charleston Road Registry Inc. 08-May-14
.CYMRU Nominet UK 08-May-14
.ESQ Charleston Road Registry Inc. 08-May-14
.FLY Charleston Road Registry Inc. 08-May-14
.GREEN Afilias Limited 08-May-14
.LGBT Afilias Limited 08-May-14
.RSVP Charleston Road Registry Inc. 08-May-14
.WALES Nominet UK 08-May-14
.ZIP Charleston Road Registry Inc. 08-May-14

 

So far, a total of 410 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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