17th June 2014

.BAYERN Specifics

Background of .BAYERN

NetNames has been given notice that Bayern Connect GmbH plan to open the .BAYERN (Bavaria in German) new Top Level Domain registry on the 1st July 2014. The .BAYERN gTLD will be supported by Minds + Machines as the back-end provider. The .BAYERN TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:- 

Trademark Sunrise 1st July 2014 to 1st September 2014 ✔
Landrush 1st July 2014 to 1st September 2014 ✔
General Availability 30th September 2014 ✔

.BAYERN Information

Bayern Connect will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Sunrise period will be resolved by means of an auction (to be confirmed) after the close of the phase on the 1st September 2014 based on the criteria laid out in the notes below. Sunrise orders can be placed via your NetNames Domain Management Portal or via your Account Manager. Should you still wish to place any  trademarks with the TMCH, please contact your Account Manager. 

Bayern Connect will be offering a traditional Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants that will run concurrently to Sunrise. Please contact your Account Manager for details of how to apply in this phase.

The Landrush Period is open to all (also Registrants with no Bavarian postcode) but there is a prioritization of applications as laid out below. It shall be noted that all Applicants are required to have an Admin-Contact with a German address, but an Admin-Contact in Bavaria would not be sufficient to be prioritized during Landrush Period as the Registrant (Owner) data is decisive.

Where there is more than one application for a name, Domain Names will be allocated according to the following Priority Ranking: 

1. Applications from Registrants with a Bavarian postcode in their address.
2. Applications from Registrants with no Bavarian postcode in their address. 

The Registry will undertake validation for applications for names where there is more than one application to determine which Priority Ranking applies. Auction will be used to determine who among eligible applicants within the same top priority ranking will be allocated the Domain Name in question. 

During the Cooling-off period, which follows the Sunrise and Landrush Periods, the Registry will assess whether the applications meet the eligibility criteria for the  respective phases. Applications not fulfilling those and which have not been rejected at an earlier stage will be rejected. Eligible applications will be evaluated and  prioritized according to the following criteria before Domain Names are allocated based on the following principles:    • Sunrise applications prevail over Landrush applications.  • Landrush applications with an Applicant with a postcode in Bavaria exists prevail over Landrush applications where no such address exists.  • Contention sets of multiple eligible applications are resolved by means of an auction.   


Registration Info

  • The .BAYERN gTLD will be available to any applicant without restriction
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .BAYERN will only support German IDN script
  • .BAYERN will not be eligible for any DPML product
  • Applications made in the Trademark Sunrise phase will incur a one-off Sunrise Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.
  • Applications made in the Landrush phase will incur a one-off Landrush fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.

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