Domain name news: new gTLDs, .UK and .DE

business-dreyfus-81-150x150New gTLDs: Donuts Sunrises


The program continues and after the launch of 7 new gTLDs this week, Donuts Inc announced 7 new strings for December, 10. As a reminder, the different phases of the program are as follows:



  • Sunrises :

– Sunrise from 26 November 2013 to 24 January 2014 : the new gTLDs offered are .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES and .VENTURES;
– Sunrise from 3 December 2013 to 31 January 2014 : the new gTLDs available are: .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY;
– Sunrise from 10 December 2013 to 7 February 2014: the 7 new gTLDs will be .CONTRACTORS, .CONSTRUCTION, .DIRECTORY, .KITCHEN, .LAND, .TODAY and .TECHNOLOGY.


To participate in the Sunrise phase, it is mandatory to have a registered trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and corresponding SMD files.


Donuts will accept registrations of domain names blocked by ICANN due to domain name collisions. These domain names will only be activated and used once the technical tests are finalised by ICANN.


Please find the complete list of the second-level domains blocked by ICANN on the following link:


  • Early Access Program :

During one week after each Sunrise, new gTLDs will be available on a “First-Come, First-Served” basis. The application fee for this period will be declining as per weekdays. Some of the Premium names cannot be registered.


  • General Availability :

As from the 5th, 12th or 19th February 2014 (depending on the starting date of the Sunrise), names will be available to everyone on a “First-Come, First-Served” basis.


New gTLDs: . みんな, the first and only Japanese new gTLD

Google schedules to launch shortly a Sunrise for its first new gTLD, the Japanese IDN みんな(mee-nuh) which means “everybody”.


New gTLDs:  Uniregistry will launch .SEXY and .TATOO gTLDs

Uniregistry, which applied for the gTLDs .GUITARS, .CHRISTMAS and .BLACKFRIDAY, will soon announce a first Sunrise of 60 days for its .SEXY and .TATOO gTLDs.

The registry will propose a mechanism for the protection of rights by blocking TMCH registered trademark.


New gTLDs: imminent launch of .MENU

ARI registry will intend to launch its new gTLD .MENU very soon.

The targets of this new gTLD are restaurants, chefs and every person interested in cookery. As the term “menu” is used in 33 different languages, the gTLD .MENU will gather a large online community throughout the world.


New gTLDs and TMCH : the Trademark Claims Service is updated

The trademark Clearing house is to give an indefinite extension of part of the Trademark Claims Service.

The post-registration alerts to trademark holders will be extended indefinitely whereas the pre-registration warning for the registrant will be sent during the original 90-days period.


Possible registration of .UK for summer 2014

Nominet will soon accept .UK registrations provided that these domain names do not already exist under .CO.UK and .ORG.UK gTLDs.

.CO.UK and .ORG.UK customers will have 5 years to decide whether they want to register their existing domain names in .UK or to keep only the .UK address. In the case where a person holds a .CO.UK and another one an .ORG.UK, the UK name will be offered in priority to the .CO.UK owner.


.DE registry adds a domain name restoration service

Since December 3, 2013, DENIC introduced its domain name restoration service, the RGP or Redemption Grace Period, which will allow domain name owners to recover their expired domain for up to 30 days after its expiry.

This service is available for all second-level domain names in case of their accidental deletion. If no redemption is requested during these 30 days, the domain name will be again available for registration.