Sunrise Periods for First Wave of gTLDs Are Now Open

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ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has approved the first wave of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) for release. The introduction of new gTLDs triggers a mandatory 30-day "Sunrise Period" to give trademark holders the opportunity to register their existing marks for any new corresponding domains. In order to take advantage of the Sunrise Period, trademark holders need to have their trademarks registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. After the Sunrise Period ends, the gTLDs can be made available for sale to the public. However, some registrars are already allowing users to pre-register for a number of new gTLD names at no cost.

The Sunrise Periods for the following domain names are now open.

gTLD SUNRISE CLOSES GENERAL AVAILABILITY
.ventures January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.singles January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.bike January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.holdings January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.plumbing January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.guru January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.clothing January 24, 2014 January 29, 2014
.camera January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014
.equipment January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014
.estate January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014
.gallery January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014
.graphics January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014
.lighting January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014
.photography January 31, 2014 February 5, 2014

Additionally, the Sunrise Periods for the following TLDs will open up in the next two weeks.

gTLD SUNRISE OPENS SUNRISE CLOSES
.directory December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.kitchen December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.today December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.contractors December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.construction December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.technology December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.land December 10, 2013 February 7, 2014
.diamonds December 17, 2013 February 14, 2014
.enterprises December 17, 2013 February 14, 2014
.tips December 17, 2013 February 14, 2014
.voyage December 17, 2013 February 14, 2014

ICANN has also approved and released the TLDs below. The Sunrise Periods for these domains are anticipated to open in early 2014.

.menu .uno .tattoo .sexy

 

Topics:  gTLD, ICANN, Trademark Clearinghouse, Trademarks

Published In: Communications & Media Updates, Intellectual Property Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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