New gTLDs Launched/Announced
.世界 (.xn--rhqv96g) – Chinese for “world/shijie”
Registry operator Stable Tone Limited has announced an extension of the Sunrise period until 10 June 2014 for its new gTLD. .世界 (.xn--rhqv96g) – Chinese for “world/shijie.”
Sunrise applicants may apply for domains either in the “Ambassador Class” (wherein domains are provided at no cost in return for a registrant promoting its delegated domain and adhering to the principles/goals of the TLD) or the “Member Class” (wherein businesses, organizations or individuals must be a recognized leader in the Chinese marketplace within their respective industry, and registrants are required to adhere to the principles/goals of the TLD, but are not otherwise required to promote the TLD), provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and must submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the registry. Class distinction —Ambassador or Member— is decided by the Registry’s Application Commission after a RFP has been submitted.
If more than one applicant for the same domain is eligible and approved by the Registry, then a single sealed-bid auction will result.
There is no Landrush phase and General Availability will begin on 12 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 (note that the registry fees are extremely expensive).
Registry operator GMO Registry, Inc. has announced an amendment to the launch schedule for its new Geographic TLD, .YOKOHAMA, for the city of Yokohama, Japan, which shortens the Landrush phase and brings forward the start of General Availability as follows:
|Sunrise Opens||Sunrise Closes||Sunrise Type||Landrush Cpens||Landrush Closes||General Availability|
|05-Jun-14 (03:00 UTC)||04-Aug-14 (14:59 UTC)||End Date Sunrise(not first-come, first served)||06-Aug-14 (03:00 UTC)||05-Sep-14 (14:59 UTC)||09-Sep-14 (03:00 UTC)|
.NYC Founders Program
Registry operator ‘The City of New York by and through the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications’ is offering the chance for up to 50 entities to be selected for its new .NYC Founders Program, wherein qualified New Yorkers and New York City-based companies will be allowed to develop and use their .NYC web address prior to General Availability in October 2014.
Applicants must have:
A physical street address or primary residence in New York City
- A plan for creating or moving a website to .NYC
- An established network of influence in NYC
- A plan to promote their new .NYC website
- The desire to be the face of .NYC at launch and grow the .NYC community
- The desire to help grow .NYC’s audience and community
- The ability to keep their website in operation for at least two years (domains may not be redirected)
- An ability and schedule to launch their .NYC domain by 1 September 2014
Please note that holders of national trade marks registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will be given first right to register .NYC domains under the Sunrise period, which is currently underway until 20 June 2014, prior to those names being available to the general public. All names will be subject to the ICANN-mandated Trademark Claims process.
Founders Program applications must be submitted to the registry by 13 June 2014 and successful Founders will be announced on 15 July 2014.
Uniregistry Sunrises – .HIPHOP, .AUDIO, and .JUEGOS
Registry operator Uniregistry has announced that the next of its TLDs to launch into Sunrise will be .HIPHOP, .AUDIO, and .JUEGOS (which relates to the gaming and entertainment community) as follows:
|New gTLD||Sunrise Opens||Sunrise Closes||Sunrise Type||General Availability|
|.HIPHOP .AUDIO.JUEGOS||05-June-14 (16:00 UTC)||19-Aug-14 (16:00 UTC)||End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first served)||03-Sep-14 (16:00 UTC)|
During the Sunrise period domains may be reserved or registered on the basis of trade or service marks registered with the TMCH, and certain typographical variations thereof.
A Sunrise period B will take place at the same time as Sunrise period A, wherein applicants for whom the end part of their trademark string corresponds to the new gTLD may respond to an invitation to register domain names under .(new gTLD), which are truncated before the end part of the trademark. In this sense, the trademark is “spanning the dot”. A proxy service may not be used for Sunrise B applications.
Domains will be available for periods of 1–10 years.
The following Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are available for all Uniregistry TLDs:
Registry operator Donuts has announced details of its next TLDs to launch into Sunrise as follows:
|New gTLD||Sunrise Opens||Sunrise Closes||Sunrise Type||Early Access Program (EAP) Day 1||General Availability|
|.TAX||10-Jun-14||09-Aug-14||End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first served)||13-Aug-14||20-Aug-14|
|.FURNITURE||17-Jun-14||16-Aug-14||End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first served)||20-Aug-14||27-Aug-14|
The following Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are available for Donuts new gTLDs:
- English, French, and 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
Starting Dot Sunrise – .BIO
Registry operator Starting Dot has announced the final launch schedule for the next of its new gTLDs, .BIO, as follows:
|Sunrise Opens||Sunrise Closes||Sunrise Type||Landrush Opens||Landrush Closes||General Availability|
|11-Jun-14 (10:00 UTC)||10-Aug-14 (10:00 UTC)||End Date Sunrise(not first-come, first served)||11-Jul-14 (10:00 UTC)||10-Aug-14 (10:00 UTC)||21-Aug-14 (10:00 UTC)|
During the Sunrise phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH and that the eligibility requirements are met.
Multiple applications for the same domain during the Sunrise and Landrush phases will result in an auction. Domains will be available on a first-come, first-served basis under General Availability.
- a nexus with the European Union (selling, exporting to or trading agricultural or food product in the EU) or other relevant markets where the word “bio” may be used to refer to legally labelled and marketed organic, biological, ecological, biodynamic, or similarly named goods or intending to do so; and
- no nexus with the European Union.
For those registrants having no nexus with the European Union, they must commit to abide by the Principles of Organic Agriculture (POA) as formulated by The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM): http://www.ifoam.org/en/organic-landmarks/principles-organic-agriculture
Registrants having a nexus with the European Union must commit to abide by both the POA and The Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labeling and its derived legislation, or any regulations in force in other relevant markets.
Defensive registration of domains by Sunrise-eligible rights holders is allowed in the .BIO TLD and exclusively reserved for rights holders who do not meet the eligibility requirements. The registration term of a defensive registration domain name is 10 years.
IDNs are not currently possible.
Registry operator Empresa Municipal de Informática SA – IPLANRIO has announced the launch of its new GeoTLD .RIO, the official TLD for the city of Rio de Janeiro, into Sunrise as follows:
|Sunrise Opens||Sunrise Closes||Sunrise Type||General Availability|
|30-Jun-14||03-Aug-14||Start Date Sunrise(first-come, first served)||04-Aug-14|
.RIO domain names are restricted during both the Sunrise period and under General Availability to those organizations listed in official city policies: IPLANRIO, Rio City Hall and other city hall-affiliated organizations are deemed eligible, however all others will require the city to first pass a policy allowing them to register a .RIO domain, where both the domain name and organization are vetted in the process.
During the Sunrise period, the term applied for must also be registered in the TMCH and domains will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
New gTLDs Currently Running
Registry operator XYZ.COM, LLC’s new gTLD .XYZ has been in the news this week, with articles featured at both www.domainnews.com and www.domainincite.com.
The TLD, which entered into General Availability on 2 June, has moved into fifth position in the top new gTLDs by volume, with 36,335 domains registered to date, however it seems that more than 70% of these domains have been registered through Network Solutions, who appear to have been offering “free .XYZ domains to certain customers on an opt out basis”. In spite of this the registry has still shown impressive start to its General Availability phase.
Meanwhile, .CLUB remains in top position with 64,579 domains registered to date, followed by .GURU with 60,218, the grand total of new gTLDs registered now stands at 920,931 (source DI: PRO).
|Launch Phase||New gTLD||Closing Date|
|Sunrise||.дети (xn--d1acj3b) – Russian for “kids/deti”||06-Jun-14|
|Family Names Sunrise||.BAR||09-Jun-14|
|Sunrise||.世界 (.xn--rhqv96g) – Chinese for “world/shijie”||10-Jun-14|
New gTLDs Delegated
The first new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program were delegated on 23 October 2013. This means they were added into the Internet’s Root Zone, the authoritative database for the Internet.
Twenty-four further new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program have been delegated this week, taking the total to 304:
|04-Jun-14||.ENGINEER||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|04-Jun-14||.NHK||Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)|
|04-Jun-14||.HAMBURG||Hamburg Top-Level-Domain GmbH|
|04-Jun-14||.REHAB||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|04-Jun-14||.TIROL||punkt Tirol GmbH|
|04-Jun-14||.REPUBLICAN||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|04-Jun-14||.GIVES||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|04-Jun-14||.NAVY||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|04-Jun-14||.ARMY||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|02-Jun-14||.BIO||STARTING DOT LIMITED|
|31-May-14||.LAWYER||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.VET||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.MORTGAGE||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.SOFTWARE||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.HOST||DotHost Inc. (Radix)|
|31-May-14||.MARKET||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.DENTIST||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.HIV||dotHIV gemeinnuetziger e.V.|
|31-May-14||.ATTORNEY||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|31-May-14||.PRESS||DotPress Inc. (Radix)|
|30-May-14||.DEGREE||United TLD Holdco, Ltd.|
|30-May-14||.SPACE||DotSpace Inc. (Radix)|
|30-May-14||.WEBSITE||DotWebsite Inc. (Radix)|
|28-May-14||. موقع (.xn--4gbrim) – Arabic for “site”||Suhub Electronic Establishment|
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|
|.CITY||Snow Sky, LLC (Donuts)||29-May-14|
|.MELBOURNE||The Crown in right of the State of Victoria, represented by its Department of State Development, Business and Innovation||29-May-14|
|.REALTOR||Real Estate Domains LLC||29-May-14|
|.YOGA||Top Level Domain Holdings Limited||29-May-14|
So far, a total of 426 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 NgTLDs, please contact your local Corsearch Account Manager, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in submitting trademarks to the Trademark Clearinghouse, please contact us at email@example.com for assistance with the submission process.