18th August 2014


Background of .VLAANDEREN

NetNames has been given notice that DNS BE VZW plan to open the .VLAANDEREN new Top Level Domain registry on the 1st September 2014 2014. The .VLAANDEREN gTLD will be supported by as the back-end provider. The .VLAANDEREN TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise1st September 2014 to 1st October 2014✔
Priority Period2nd October 2014 to 3rd November 2014✔
Landrush Period16th December 2014 to 15th January 2015✔
General Availability20th January 2015 onwards✔
DNS BE 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. A second phase will also be available for organisations which have a registered address in the region.   A standard Landrush period, with an auction to determine any contented domains.

.VLAANDEREN Information

Registration Info

  • The .VLAANDEREN gTLD will be available to any applicant without restriction
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .VLAANDEREN will support IDN registrations in French script
  • .VLAANDEREN is not eligible for blocking under the 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. ONLY trademarks registered in the European or Benelux Trademark office can be used in the Sunrise phase. One-off fees will also apply to applications made during the priority and landrush phases.

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: