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An ICANN working group recently released a report entitled, “New gTLD Program Reviews and Assessments Draft Work Plan,” which outlines the work required to initiate a ‘second-round’ application period for the New gTLD Program. The report reveals that so far in round one, “…404 new gTLDs have been delegated. A total of 1,168 applicants have been invited to contracting. Of those applications in string contention sets, 49% remain subject to contention resolution procedures, forecast to be completed by the third quarter of 2016.” ICANN estimates that contracting will wrap up some time in late 2016 and pre-delegation testing by the middle of 2017.   

ICANN’s current timeline for a second round roll-out indicates that the first application period for new gTLDs would begin sometime mid-2018. But this can/will only happen if every scheduled milestone is met along the way. Before a round two would even be considered, ICANN would need validate new gTLDs and related processes, promote competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice.

 

New “GEO” TLDs .eus (the top-level domain for Basque, a region located at the western end of the Pyrenees) and .gal (the top-level domain for Galicia, a community in northwest Spain) are now in Trademark Sunrise. Registering ‘geo’ domains is such a great way to enhance the credibility (reputation) of your business in specific regions (cities, countries, etc.).

TM Sunrise (as well as Landrush) for .eus and .gal will remain open though November 18, 2014, and General Availability will open on December 2, 2014. Because TM Sunrise and Landrush are open concurrently, registrations will be processed as follows:

  • Domains that are applied for between September 16 – November 18, 2014 and have an smd file will be treated as a TM Sunrise application.
  • Domains that are applied for during this period and do not have an smd file will be processed as a Landrush application.

During General Availability  domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry.

For questions about this post please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

TM Sunrise has launched for another New Donuts gTLDs (.healthcare). Five more New gTLDs will enter TM Sunrise between August 26 and September 9, 2014, respectively. The TM Sunrise period is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s). If you want to protect your brand(s) within specific markets, registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs), is the best way to optimize your naming strategy.

  • Trademark Sunrise for .healthcare :: Now open and will remain open through October 11, 2014
  • Trademark Sunrise for .pizza :: Scheduled to open August 26, 2014 and remain open through October 25, 2014
  • Trademark Sunrise for .restaurant, .gifts, and .sarl :: Scheduled to open September 2, 2014 and remain open through November 1, 2014
  • Trademark Sunrise for .immo :: Scheduled to open September 9, 2014 and remain open through November 1, 2014

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about this launch, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

The TM Sunrise launch phase for new gTLDs .LAWYER and .ATTORNEY launched today, July 29, 2014. These domain extensions offer a new way for legal professionals to connect with prospects and build an identity through distinctive web and email addresses. Whether you are a sole practitioner or a partner in an established firm, registering a .LAWYER a/o .ATTORNEY domain(s) will help set your practice apart and reinforce your brand.

TM Sunrise for .LAWYER and .ATTORNEY will remain open through September 27, 2014 and the remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Phase 2—Rest Period :: In lieu of formal Landrush Period
  • Phase 3—General Availability/EAP :: Scheduled to open October 8, 2014*.

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

The Trademark Sunrise launch phase for the new gTLD .HIV has launched. Dot ‘HIV’ is the first and only social cause TLD supporting and funding the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Registering a .HIV domain name is the perfect way for your organization to blend your online activities with your Corporate Social Responsibility.

TM Sunrise for .HIV will remain open through August 20, 2014 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • Phase 2—Rest Period :: In lieu of formal Landrush Period
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open August 26, 2014*.

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about the launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

 

The new gTLD program has recently passed 1.6 Million domain registrations. This is great news considering that many people/businesses have still not heard of ‘New gTLDs.’ So which TLDs have the most registrations to date? Here are the top five:

  1. .XYZ with 343K registrations
  2. .Berlin with just over 137K registrations
  3. .Club with nearly 90k registrations
  4. .Guru recently surpassed 65k registrations
  5. .Photography just passed 41k registrations

So where do the rest of the New gTLDs fare? Eleven of the New gTLD’s have more than 25k registrations, 30 have more than 10k, and 63 have at least 5k registrations. Numbers do seem to be increasing steadily and it will be interesting to see where things stand at the end of 2014.

If you have questions about New gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313(nasales@safenames.net).

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