15th January 2014

.Ruhr Specifics

Background of .Site

NetNames has been given notice that the DotZon plan to open the .Online new Top Level Domain registry on the 21st January 2014. The .Ruhr gTLD, meaning will be supported by Knipp as the back-end provider. The .Ruhr TLD will be a regstricted registry, open to TMCH holders, residents in the Ruhr area (Landrush) and registrants with a German address (General Availability) and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise21st January 2014 to 20th February 2014✔
Landrush Phase25th February 2014 to 26th March 2014✔
General Availability27th March 2014 onwards✔

The DotZon 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 registry will be offering a Landrush phase for non-TMCH registrants and verified residents of the Ruhr regions after the end of the Sunrise period. This is a first- come, first-serve application window. Contact your Account Manager for more details on how to apply during the Landrush phase.

.Ruhr IDN Information

Registration Info

  • The .Ruhr gTLD will be available to any applicant with a verified German address (General Availability) or a Ruhr address (Landrush)
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .Ruhr will support IDN registrations in latin 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 access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable

New gTLD analysis report

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