gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open: April 2016

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the “dot” in a domain name) have launched their “Sunrise” registration periods.  Please contact us or see our December 2013 newsletter for information as to what the Sunrise Period is, and how to become eligible to register a domain name under one of the new gTLDs during this period.

As of April 29, 2016, ICANN lists Sunrise periods as open for the following new gTLDs:

.homes .vip
.auto .salon
.group .store
.gmbh .ltd
.promo .tube
.stream .med
.try .redumbrella
.travelersinsurance .stcgroup
.viva .stc

ICANN maintains an up-to-date list of all open Sunrise periods here. This list also provides the closing date of the Sunrise period.  We will endeavor to provide information regarding new gTLD launches via this monthly newsletter, but please refer to the list on ICANN’s website for the most up-to-date information – as the list of approved/launched domains can change daily.

Because new gTLD options will be coming on the market over the next year, brand owners should review the list of new gTLDs (a full list can be found here) to identify those that are of interest.

© 2016 Sterne Kessler

March 2016 – gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in December 2013, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the “dot” in a domain name) have launched their “Sunrise” registration periods.

As of February 29, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs:

.HOTELES

.xn--xhq521b (.广东 – Chinese for “guangdong”)

.xn—1qqw23a

(.佛山 – Chinese for “foshan”)

.xn--tckwe

(.コム – Japanese for “.com”)

.barcelona

.mom

.xn—vuq861b (信息 –  for “knowledge”)

ICANN maintains an up-to-date list of all open Sunrise periods here.  This list also provides the closing date of the Sunrise period.  We will endeavor to provide information regarding new gTLD launches via this monthly newsletter, but please refer to the list on ICANN’s website for the most up-to-date information – as the list of approved/launched domains can change daily.

Because new gTLD options will be coming on the market over the next year, brand owners should review the list of new gTLDs (a full list can be found here) to identify those that are of interest.

© 2016 Sterne Kessler

February 2016 – gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the “dot” in a domain name) have launched their “Sunrise” registration periods.

As of December 31, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs:

  • .YACHTS
  • .BOATS
  • .xn--tckwe (.コム – Japanese for “.com”)
  • .HOTELES
  • .BET
  • .BIBLE
  • .barcelona
  • .PET
  • .istanbul
  • .ist

ICANN maintains an up-to-date list of all open Sunrise periods here. This list also provides the closing date of the Sunrise period. We will endeavor to provide information regarding new gTLD launches via this monthly newsletter, but please refer to the list on ICANN’s website for the most up-to-date information – as the list of approved/launched domains can change daily.

Because new gTLD options will be coming on the market over the next year, brand owners should review the list of new gTLDs to identify those that are of interest.

© 2016 Sterne Kessler

New Internet Domain Names for Banks: What You Need to Know Now

The world of the Internet is in a state of change. In 2008, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the administrator of the Domain Name System, approved a new program that enables the creation of an unlimited number of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). In response, a coalition of banks, insurance companies and financial services associations partnered to establish fTLD Registry Services, LLC (fTLD) in order to apply for and operate the .BANK gTLD on behalf of the global banking community. On September 25, 2014, fTLD was granted the right to operate .BANK as a new gTLD.

The .BANK gTLDs will open up much-needed real estate on the Internet, providing new marketing, branding and cross-selling opportunities for the banking community. Eligible institutions will be able to obtain domain name registrations with a .BANK suffix instead of .COM. In addition, fTLD will implement enhanced control systems to mitigate cyber risks from malicious activities over the Internet. For example, registrants will be required to include charter verification by the registrant’s regulator before they can register a domain name in the .BANK gTLD.

The registration system for the .BANK gTLD became available mid-May 2015 for banks with registered trademarks with ICANN’s Trademark Clearing House (TMCH). The figure below illustrates the timeline for obtaining .BANK gTLDs.

domain name for banks

Domains will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis in all registration periods. The Qualified Launch Program for Founders period was available for founding members of fTLD that have registered their trademarks in ICANN’s TMCH. The Sunrise period will be available for eligible members of the global banking community that have registered their trademark with ICANN’s TMCH. During the 30-day Sunrise period, banks that meet fTLD’s eligibility requirements will have an advance opportunity, before names are available to other eligible members of the banking community, to register domain names that are exact matches to their registered trademarks. The Founders period will be available to the founding members of fTLD that have yet to register their domains. Eligible members of the global banking community that do not meet the Sunrise or Founders requirements can then register their trademarks, on an ongoing basis, during the General Availability period starting June 24, 2015.

The .BANK gTLD provides new opportunities for marketing, branding and other promotional activities. However, once the Sunrise and Founders periods expire, domain names will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Institutions, therefore, should review their current marketing plan to determine if and when registration of the newly available .BANK domain names is appropriate.

© 2015 Vedder Price

Generic Top Level Domains – Current Sunrise Periods Open – August 2014 Update

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the “dot” in a domain name) have launched their “Sunrise” registration periods.  Please see our December 2013 newsletter for information as to what the Sunrise Period is, and how to become eligible to register a domain name under one of the new gTLDs during this period.

As of the date of this newsletter, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs:

.dental

.surgery

.hiphop

.audio

.yokohama

.juegos

.fund

.cash

.tax

.investments

.bio

.desi

.furniture

.discount

.fitness

.schule

.gratis

.website

.creditcard

.claims

.press

.host

.global

.okinawa

.xn—io0a7i (网络 – Chinese for “network”)

.xn—55qx5d (公司 – Chinese for “company”)

.reise

.bayern

.durban

.joburg

.capetown

.accountants

.digital

.finance

.insure

.ren

.xn—cg4bki (삼성 – Koreanfor “Samsung/Samseong”)

.republican

.guide

.loans

.church

.life

.surf

.beer

.hamburg

.scot

.place

.direct

.saarland

.hiv

.deals

.BLACK

.soy

.city

.attorney

.lawyer

.melbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICANN maintains an up-to-date list of all open Sunrise periods here.  This list also provides the closing date  of the Sunrise period.  We will endeavor to provide information regarding new gTLD launches via this monthly newsletter, but please refer to the list on ICANN’s website for the most up-to-date information – as the list of approved/launched domains can change daily.

Because new gTLD options will be coming on the market over the next year, brand owners should review the  list of new gTLDs (a full list can be found here) to identify those that are of interest.  

 

Generic Top-Level Domain Names Summit

The National Law Review is pleased to bring you information about the upcoming Generic Top-Level Domain Names Summit:

World Research Group is proud to announce the Generic Top-Level Domain Names Summit The Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Financial, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, and Other Branding Companies Since ICANNs Program, which will be held onSeptember 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. This event will discuss the implications and affects of ICANN’s new top level domain program, the risk and opportunities presented by this revolutionary transformation, and discovering what the next steps are for these companies.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names Summit

The National Law Review is pleased to bring you information about the upcoming Generic Top-Level Domain Names Summit:

World Research Group is proud to announce the Generic Top-Level Domain Names Summit The Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Financial, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, and Other Branding Companies Since ICANNs Program, which will be held onSeptember 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. This event will discuss the implications and affects of ICANN’s new top level domain program, the risk and opportunities presented by this revolutionary transformation, and discovering what the next steps are for these companies.