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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).

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 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).

New “GEO” gTDL .Bayern is now in TM Sunrise. Geo TLDs are meant to enable businesses, organizations, and individuals who are doing business in a particular city/region, or planning to in the future, 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. Registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs) is one of the best ways to optimize your naming strategy and protect your brand(s) within specific markets.

TM Sunrise for .BEYERN will remain open through September 2, 2014 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • Phase 2—Landrush :: Scheduled to open July 1, 2014 and remain open through September 2, 2014.
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open September 30, 2014.

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).

TM Sunrise is now open for three new South African “GEO” gTDLs — .Durban, .Capetown, and .Joburg. Registering one of these domain extensions enable businesses, organizations, and individuals who are doing business in one (or more) of these cities/regions, or who are planning to in the future, 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. Registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs) is one of the best ways to optimize your naming strategy and protect your brand(s) within specific markets. Here is the launch schedule:

  • Phase 1—Trademark Sunrise :: Currently open and will remain open through October 1, 2014*.
  • Phase 2—Landrush :: Scheduled to open July 1, 2014 and remain open through November 3, 2014*.
  • Phase 3—General Availability :: Scheduled to open November 4, 2014*.

It is important to note that the TM Sunrise and Landrush phases will run concurrently for all three of these New gTLDs. 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). Domains that are applied for during this phase (between July 1 – October 1, 2014) and have an smd file will be treated as a TM Sunrise application. Domains that are applied for during this phase (between July 1 – November 3, 2014) and do not have an smd file will be processed as a Landrush application.

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).

Four new gTLDs, .pink, .red, .kim, and .shiksha, are now in Trademark Sunrise, and two more (.blue, and .移动, the Chinese IDN for .mobile) will enter TM Sunrise on March 14, 2014. Registrations are being handled a bit differently for this launch. During all launch phases, including TM Sunrise, domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry.

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 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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