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Donuts has launched TM Sunrise for a number of New gTLDs. 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.

  • TM Sunrise for .furniture, .discount, .fitness, and .schule :: Now open through August 16, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .gratis, .claims, .credit, and .creditcard :: Now open through August 23, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .digital, .accountants, .finance, and .insure :: Now open through August 27, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .loans, .life, .guide and .church :: Now open through September 6, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .direct and .place :: Now open through September 13, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .deals :: Now open through September 20, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .city :: Now open through September 27, 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 of these or any other new Donuts 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).

TM Sunrise for .LONDON, another New “GEO” TLD, is now open. This is among the first of many new gTLDs to launch, as part of ICANN’s new gTLD Program, for businesses, organizations and individuals that want to create an online naming presence in a specific city (geographic location).

This new .london domain extension is meant to enable businesses, organizations, and individuals to establish an online naming presence by registering shorter, more relevant domains that represent their business within a specific local geographic community–much like how .EU, .ASIA, etc. (ccTLDs) are used to denote a country or region.

It is important to note that the TM Sunrise and Landrush phases will run concurrently for .london. The TM Sunrise phase is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s) and who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The Landrush ‘rules’ for registering .london domains during this time period are slightly different:  

  • Domains that are applied for during this phase (between April 29 – July 31, 2014) and have an smd file will be treated as a TM Sunrise application.
  • Domains that are applied for during this phase (between April 29 – July 31, 2014) and do not have a smd file will be processed as a Landrush application.

Should someone else have a valid trademark for a particular domain name ordered during this phase, the name will go to auction. General Availability is scheduled to open September 9, 2014 and domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry..

If you have questions about this new GeoTLDs 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).

A serious security vulnerability (“The Heartbleed Bug”) was recently discovered within OpenSSL, the software that some servers use to generate CSRs for SSL Certificates (note, CSRs generated on Windows IIS were not affected by this bug). This vulnerability existed for more than two years before identified/isolated, and was fairly easy to exploit, allowing attackers to steal information that was, under normal circumstances, protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the exchange of data on the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM), and some virtual private networks (VPNs). The Heartbleed bug allowed anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems that are ‘protected’ by a vulnerable version of the OpenSSL software. Essentially this means that the attackers were/are able to view/capture communications across networks, steal data (user names, passwords, credit card information, etc.) and impersonate services and users. Although Safenames was not impacted, when we learned of this security bug, we immediately took a specific set of actions to address this vulnerability including installing new SSLs with CSRs that were generated on the updated OpenSSL software. If you are running your own systems with OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f, your system was/is vulnerable and we suggest that you upgrade as soon as possible.

What else can you do to protect yourself? If you have not already done so, it is highly recommended that you change your passwords for sensitive accounts (banks, email, facebook, etc.). Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to small businesses that may have your data to ensure that they are secure. Larger organizations most certainly know about Heartbleed, and have addressed this issue, but some small businesses may not—in situations like this it’s much better to be safe than sorry. Keep a close eye on financial statements for the next few weeks/months. Why? Because attackers often have access to a server’s memory for credit card information even after a vulnerability has been mitigated/addressed.

If you have any questions about this post, 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).

TM Sunrise is scheduled to launch for another round of new Donuts gTLDs; five more will enter TM Sunrise on April 15, 2014 and another four on April 22, 2014. 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 .tools, .industries, .parts, .supplies, and .supply :: Scheduled to open April 15, 2014 and remain open through June 14, 2014
  • Trademark Sunrise for .report, .vision, .fish, and .services :: Scheduled to open April 22, 2014 and remain open through June 21, 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 of these or any other new Donuts 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).

The GMO registry is launching .tokyo, the second (of three) new GeoTLD for Japan, on April 7, 2014, and are scheduled to launch the third (.yokohama) later this year. This is exciting news, as these are among the first ever GeoTLDs to launch.

GEO TLDs are launching to enable anyone with a physical address in a specific geographic location to register domains in that local geographic community. Registering a .tokyo domain enables companies that are doing business in Tokyo to register shorter and more relevant domain names for their business/web site(s).

  • Phase 1—Trademark Sunrise :: Scheduled to open April 7, 2014 and remain open through June 8, 2014.
  • Phase 2—Landrush :: Scheduled to open June 9, 2014 and remain open through July 18, 2014.
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open July 22, 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). Also, registrations for .nagoya, which has already launched, .tokyo, and .yokohama will be completely open and no local contact or signed individual RRAs are required.

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).

A new gTLDs, .jetzts, which means “now” in German, will enter Trademark Sunrise tomorrow, April 3, 2014. 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).

  • Phase 1—Trademark Sunrise :: Scheduled to open April 3, 2014 and will open through June 1, 2014.
  • Phase 2—Rest Period (In lieu of a formal Landrush Period).
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open June 4, 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 our promotional pricing 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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