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The Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL), the .IL registry, will be making domain names that contain characters in Hebrew alphabet available for registration on Sunday 26th December 12:00 GMT.  These domain names will be available to the general public with no local contact requirements through Safenames. The domain extension will remain “.il” for Israel and will still appear as ASCII.  However, the domain may contain non-ASCII characters. 

The General Availability Registration Period follows the recent completion of the early registration process.  During the Early Registration Period, registered companies, non-profit organizations, and Israeli trademark holders could reserve a Hebrew domain name in the company or organization’s official name or trademark.   Beginning on Sunday the 26th, any Hebrew domain name that has not already been taken may be registered on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that due to the holiday season the NIC has advised us that there may be a slight delay on the activation of any newly registered domains.

If you have any questions regarding general availability for IDN.CO.IL and IDN.NET.IL registrations, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and [email protected], or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and [email protected].

The expansion of Internationalized Domain Names or IDNs among the country code registries continues.  It is now possible to register Cyrillic IDNs in the .COM.UA and .KIEV.UA domain extensions.  Domains may only contain Cyrillic symbols, digits (0-9) or a hyphen/dash (-). The domain name must include at least one Cyrillic symbol that is visually different from Latin symbols. 

The Ukrainian IDNs are in the land rush phase until 19 Dec 19 2010. Domain can be registered by anyone, however, registrations during this phase require a 10 year minimum term.

 On 21 December 2010, general registration begins and anyone can register IDN.COM.UA  or IDN.KIEV.UA with registration terms ranging from 1 year to 10 years.

The Trademark Sunrise for the reserved one (1) and two (2) letter domain names for, will begin on Wednesday, 1 December 2010 and continues until 17 January 2011.  Applications during the Sunrise are being processed by Nominet, the UK registry. 

This is an opportunity for UK trademark holders to secure highly memorable short domain names that match their trademarks. For example,, and are possible if your trademark exactly matches the domain name.  The trademark for all registration requests during the Sunrise period will be validated by the registry’s validation agent, an independent IP law firm.

A full list of domains available for release and any exceptions are detailed here:

This phase consists of a two stage application process.

Stage 1
Trademark rights holders have until midday (GMT) on 17 January 2011 to apply for a domain that matches their trademark via a Nominet registrar.

Stage 2
Applicants will have their IP rights checked by CMS Cameron McKenna, the validation agent Nominet will be using for this process. Applicants will need to provide evidence of using the trademark in the UK prior to 1 January 2008. The deadline for applying to CMS Cameron McKenna to have IP rights validated is midday (GMT) on 31 January 2011.

Multiple applications: At each stage, where there are two or more qualifying applicants for a domain name, an open auction process will be used to decide the successful applicant, with any profits going to Nominet Trust.

The Sunrise registration fee for reserved short domains is $300 for 2 years. This includes the Nic fees of $100 if successful.  If unsuccessful in registering the domain, the Nic fee will be refunded. If you have any questions regarding the .UK Registered Rights Sunrise process, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and [email protected], or Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and [email protected].

If you are not a registered trade mark holder who meets these criteria you cannot apply at this stage. You will need to apply either in the subsequent Unregistered Rights Sunrise phase or the landrush phase.

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