4th February 2014

.WIEN Specifics

Background of .WIEN

NetNames has been given notice that PunktWien plan to open the .WIEN new Top Level Domain registry on the 11th February 2014. The .WIEN gTLD will be supported by Demand Media as the back-end provider. The .WIEN TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise11th February 2014 to 30th April 2014✔
Landrush Phase2nd June 2014 to 2nd July 2014✔
General Availability14th October 2014✔

PunktWien 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 30th April 2014. In addition there will be a 30 day sunrise period for Local Prior Rights holders without a SDM file from 11th February to 25th April 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.

PuntWien will be offering a traditional Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants. This short phase allows registrations of any strings not registered during the Sunrise phase with an auction taking place after the end of the phase to solve any contended applications. Contact your Account Manager for more details on how to apply during this phase.

.WIEN Information

Registration Info

  • The .WIEN gTLD will be available to any applicant without restriction. A separate General Availability with Claims Notices will run from 15th July to 13th October 2014
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .WIEN will support IDN registrations in German 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 will incur a one-off Landrush application 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.

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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.

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