5th February 2014

.BERLIN Specifics

Background of .BERLIN

NetNames has been given notice that dotBerlin plan to open the .BERLIN new Top Level Domain registry on the 14th February 2014. The .BERLIN gTLD will be
supported by Demand Media as the back-end provider. The .BERLIN TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise 14th February 2014 to 16th March 2014 ✔
General Availability 18th March 2014 ✔

dotBerlin 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 after the close of the phase on the 16th March 2014. It should be noted that owners/administrators need to have a verified address within Berlin. 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.

dotBerlin will not be offering a Landrush phase for this TLD.

Registration Info

  • The .BERLIN gTLD will be available to any applicant with a verified address within Berlin. NetNames will be able to provide Local Presence on request. 
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters 
  • .BERLIN will support IDN registrations in German local script. 
  • 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.

New gTLD analysis report

With an estimated 600 new commercial Top Level Domains opening for business in the next two years, and with up 20 strings being delegated every week, for most companies, blanket registration of all marks and key generic terms under all extensions is no longer a viable option from a budgetary point of view alone.

Identifying under which of the potential available extensions your business should register its primary name is difficult enough, but when you add other trademarked terms, generic terms, geographic extensions and industry related strings the task becomes hugely complex and costs rise dramatically.

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NetNames are able to prepare a detailed analysis on behalf of each customer, using client specific information including trademark registrations in addition to details of each new gTLD due to be launched. These detailed reports will outline what registrations will support and defend your existing critical online assets as well as a timeline of when you need to take action.

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