4th June 2014

.COLOGNE Specifics

Background of .COLOGNE

NetNames has been given notice that NetCologne plan to open the .COLOGNE new Top Level Domain registry on the 12th June 2014 2014. The .COLOGNE gTLD will be supported by Knipp as the back-end provider. The .COLOGNE TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise 12th June 2014 to 13th July 2014 ✔
Custom Phase 14th July 2014 to 12th August 2014  
Landrush Phase 26th August 2014 to 4th September 2014 ✔
General Availability 5th September 2014 ✔

NetCologne Registry will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders on a first-come, first-serve basis.. 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.

The Custom period allows (future) Domain Holders priority registration of Domain Names if they can demonstrate a special bond to the City of Cologne.    NetCologne will also offer a Landrush stage from 26th August 2014 on a first-come, first-serve basis with decreasing prices for each day starting from €100,000.   

Registration Info

  • The .COLOGNE gTLD will be available without restrictions. 
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters 
  • .COLOGNE will support IDN registrations in ASCII 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 phase will incur a one-off Sunrise Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice peroid 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: