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Archive for October, 2010

As a result of the re-delegation of the .SO country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for The Republic of Somalia, the .SO domain extension will re-launch.  We are advising all trademark holders to register your brands in the Sunrise Period to ensure that your marks are protected.  There are no local presence requirements for .SO domains.

dotSO may be registered in the following extensions:

  • .so – General purpose
  • – Commercial Entities
  • – Internet and Network Companies
  • – Non-profit Organizations

.SO Launch Schedule

Sunrise – November 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010

Trademark holders may submit registration requests for domain names where a validate trademark has been registered.  If more than one applicant is validated, an auction will be held for the registration

Sunrise Auction – December 1, 2010

An auction will be held for all Sunrise orders with a valid trademark for a domain.

Land Rush – December 16, 2010 to February 9, 2011

Period in which the registry will accept registrations requests for all premium .SO domain names that were not ordered during the Trademark Sunrise Period or on the registry restricted/reserved list.

Land Rush Auction – February 10, 2011

The registry will hold an auction for any domain where more than one application was submitted during Land Rush.

General Availability –  March 1, 2011

This is the period following Land Rush Auction where any unregistered or unreserved domain names can be registered on a first come, first service basis


The Sunrise registration fee for .SO domains is $310 per domain for a 3 years registration.  This fee includes the trademark validation fee and administrative processing fees.

If you have any questions related to the .SO sunrise, please contact your Safenames account manager.  You may also contact the UK office at +44-1-908200022 and [email protected] or the US office at +1-703-574-5313 and [email protected].

The Trademark Sunrise for CO.NO begins Monday, November 1st and continues until January, 31st 2010.  Applications during the Sunrise are processed by the registry on a first come, first served basis.  There are no local presence requirements for this domain extension.  

Trademarks used in all registration requests during the sunrise period will be validated by the registry’s validation agent.  CoDNS, the registry for CO.NO is using a new trademark validation process provided by the Clearinghouse for Intellectual Property (CHIP).  We anticipate that this newly created clearinghouse system will be used for future TLD sunrise periods.  Safenames will be working with you to collect and submit your trademark data into CHIP which will streamline the effort during future sunrise launches.  It also expected that use of CHIP will decrease the validation fees that are charged by registries.

The sunrise registration fee for CO.NO breakdown is $310 for 2 years.  This includes the validation fees and administrative processing fees.

If you have any questions related the CO.NO sunrise or the new CHIP process, please contact your Safenames account manager.  You may also contact the UK office at +44-1-908200022 and [email protected] or the US office at +1-703-574-5313 and [email protected].

 ICANN has recently posted a document called “A Delegation Rate Scenarios for New gTLDs” that forecasts how many new TLDs will enter the root.   While the total number of applications will not be capped, the actual delegation of new TLDs is projected to range from 200 to 300 annually.   For example if the annual application rate meets the expected rate of 400, ICANN projects that 215 delegations will be achieved each year.  ICANN stresses that there will not be a limit on applications, and that the delegation projections are based on “reasoning and process methodologies” documented here:

 Further, the expected time from application acceptance to new TLD delegation is a range from 8 months for “clean” applications or uncontested gTLD strings and up to 18 months for applications that are in contention and/or require an “extended evaluation”.

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