The modern era of general Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) is here. The last several years of discussion, negotiation, public comment, lobbying, applications, and objections have finally led to delegation of the first new gTLDs in several years—the first handful in a sea of hundreds to thousands of new gTLDs—which will forever change the landscape of what Internet users put into the address bar of web browsers. As previously reported, ICANN has begun delegating these new gTLDs, following entry into relevant registry agreements with the applicants for those gTLDs.
Along with the delegation of the new gTLDs, these new registries will open to allow the registration of second-level domains by third parties. Before opening to the public, each of the registries for the new gTLDs will open to trademark owners, registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse, for an initial Sunrise period—allowing trademark owners a first opportunity to secure second-level domains on the particular gTLD which incorporate their core marks. To that end, a number of Sunrise periods are currently open, or set to open within the coming weeks for the following gTLDs:
*gTLD registries which are covered under the Donuts Domain Protected Marks List (DPML)