14th January 2014

.CEO Specifics

Background of .CEO

NetNames has been given notice that DotCEO plan to open the .CEO new Top Level Domain registry on the 10th February 2014. The .CEO gTLD will be supported by Neustar as the back-end provider. The .CEO TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise 10th February 2014 to 11th March 2014 ✔
Landrush Phase 17th March 2014 to 24th March 2014 ✔
General Availability 28th March 2014 onwards ✔

DotCEO 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 11th March 2014. 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.

DotCEO will be offering a traditional Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants. This short phase allows registrations of any strings not registered during the Sunrise phase with an auction taking place after the end of the phase to solve any contended applications. Contact your Account Manager for more details on how to apply during this phase. 

Registration Info

  • The .CEO gTLD will be available to any applicant without restriction
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters 
  • .CEO 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. 
  • Applications made in the Landrush will incur a one-off Landrush application 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.

NetNames has developed a tailored approach to assist companies in identifying the key terms which should be registered under which extensions and can provide estimated budgetary costs and timeline for expenditure.

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.

If you would like NetNames to prepare your bespoke report, please contact your account manager or by calling us on: