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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).

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).

The Landrush Phase for the new gTLD .club is now open–but only for 30 days. The Landrush Period provides a limited-time opportunity for companies and individuals to secure highly sought after “.club” domain names—before General Availability opens on May 7, 2014. Some industry experts have projected that .club will lead registration numbers, ahead of other New gTLDs, by summer.

  • Landrush :: Open now through May 1, 2014
  • General Availability :: Scheduled to open May 7, 2014.

During the Land Rush period, names with multiple applicants will enter auction and be awarded to the highest bidder. During General Availability, domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry.

If you have any questions about New gTLDs or protecting your trademarks in the new online naming space, 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).

Three new gTLDs, .bid, .trade, and .webcam, are now in Trademark Sunrise, through May 30, 2014. Safenames is  offering special pricing on Sunrise registrations.

  • Phase 1—Trademark Sunrise :: Now open and will remain open through May 30, 2014.
  • Phase 2—10 Day Rest Period (In lieu of a formal Landrush Period).
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open June 9, 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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