26th September 2014

.Software Specifics

Background of .Software

NetNames has been given notice that Rightside plan to open the .Software new Top Level Domain registry on the 30th September 2014. The .Software gTLD will be supported by Demand Media Europe as the back-end provider. The .Software TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise30th September 2014 to 29th November 2014✔
Early Access Phase3rd December 2014 to 10th December 2014✔
General Availability10th December 2014✔

Rightside 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 29th 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.

Rightside will be offering an Early Access Phase (EAP), in lieu of a traditional Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants. This short phase allows registrations on a first-come, first-serve basis of any strings not registered during the Sunrise phase. Contact your Account Manager for more details on how to apply during the EAP.

.Software Information

Registration Info

  • The .Software gTLD will be available to any applicant without restriction
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .Software will support IDN registrations in French and Spanish local script.
  • .Software is eligible for blocking under the Rightside’s 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 Early Access Programme will incur a one-off EAP 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: