24th July 2014

.quebec Specifics

Background of .quebec

NetNames has been given notice that PointQuebec plan to open the .Quebec new registry on the 2nd September 2014. The .Quebec gTLD will be supported by CORE Registry as the back-end provider. The .Quebec TLD will be an restricted registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise 2nd September 2014 to 4th November 2014✔
Landrush (Standard only)2nd September 2014 to 4th November 2014✔
General Availability13th November 2014✔

PointQuebec 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 4th November 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.

PointQuebec will be offering a Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants, on an end point basis with the priority held by people and businesses who have a valid address in Quebec. At the end of the landrush phase, competing applications will be settled by auction. Contact your Account Manager for more details on how to apply during the Landrush phase.

.quebec Information

Registration Info

  • All registrants of a .quebec domain name must be an individual or a legal entity with a connection to the .quebec community. This connection means that the registrant of the domain name must be able to reasonably demonstrate a link or an interest to the community at the time of registration and throughout the duration of the active registration. The link to the community can be on a linguistic, cultural, tourism, commercial, or any other basis that is conducive (and not detrimental) to the benefit of the Québec community.
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .Quebec will support IDN registrations in French only
  • .Quebec is not eligible for blocking under any Domains Protected Marks List (DPML)
  • 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 queue 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: