New gTLD Delegated, Sunrise, Trademark Dates
The New gTLD Delegated, Sunrise, Trademark dates for approved TLDs are continually being released. There are several stages of domain registrations.
Delegation is when the TLD is entered into the root zone. In simple terms, the ‘root zone’ is the highest level of the DNS hierarchy. To help ensure the stability of the internet, each new gTLD had to complete three stages: Initial Evaluation, Pre-Delegation and enter into a contract with ICANN.
Sunrise period is the period of time whereby trademark owners can register domain names corresponding to their trademarks before the general public. Each new gTLD must have a minimum of a 30 day sunrise period. Visit the Trademark Clearinghouse here for additional information.
The Trademark period follows the sunrise period. It is the period of time when a notice is given to a prospective domain name registrant (purchaser) of a potential conflict between the domain name being sought and an existing trademark. A notice is also sent to the trademark owner if after being notified of the potential conflict, a registrant proceeds to register the domain name. The trademark claims period is a minimum of 90 days.
Landrush follows the trademark period where anyone can submit an application to register a domain. Registration of a particular domain is not determined until the landrush phase is completed where duplication registration requests are reviewed. If more than one application is received for a domain, those applicants are invited to a closed auction whereby the highest bid will get the domain name.
Finally, the general availability stage occurs whereby the general public can register domain names on a first-come, first-served basis.
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New gTLD Delegated, Sunrise, Trademark Dates list was last updated January 28, 2015