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:
.buzz.xn-3ds443g ( 在 线 ) (Chinese for "online")
.xn—fiq228c5hs ( 中文网 ) (Chinese for "website")
.xn—80asehdb ( .онлайн ) (Cyrillic for "online")
.xn—80aswg ( .сайт ) (Cyrillic for "site")
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.
This article appeared in the February 2014 issue of MarkIt to Market. To view our past issues, as well as other firm newsletters, please click here.