The Initial Launch Phase
The launch of a new TLD typically includes a series of phases before General Availability (GA) begins and the TLD is officially launched. Sunrise — the first and only mandatory phase — is primarily intended for trademark owners to register domains that fall under their trademark. Some TLDs may have additional Sunrise phases for members of qualifying communities and organizations.
Sunrise phases typically last 30 days. To participate in the initial Sunrise, trademark holders must be validated in the Trademark Clearinghouse. For TLDs with additional Sunrise phases there may be special requirements such as proving you are part of a qualifying community or organization.
The Easy Way to Register Trademarks
To protect intellectual property on the Internet, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) serves as a centralized database for trademark information. For trademark holders, this simplifies Sunrise registrations and trademark enforcement during General Availability. Any trademark holder, whether that be a private person or a company, can submit their trademarks for review. When approved, a unique code is issued that trademark holders use when submitting registrations during the Sunrise launch phase.
To see if your trademarks are eligible and to get started registering your trademarks in the TMCH, see the Trademark Clearinghouse guidelines.
What is Sunrise?
Sunrise is an initial mandatory period of at least 30 days before domain names are offered to the general public. Trademark owners can take advantage of the initial Sunrise phase to safeguard the domain name that matches their trademark. A validated trademark from the Trademark Clearinghouse is required for the initial Sunrise phase. Some TLDs may also chose to launch subsequent Sunrise phases open to members of specific communities or organizations.
What do I need to get a domain into Sunrise?
For the initial Sunrise phase, all registrants must have a validated trademark entry in the Trademark Clearinghouse, plus any additional TLD specific information required by that registry. You will need to submit your validated trademark information along with your Sunrise application. For additional Sunrise periods, registries may require other specific information.
What is the Trademark Clearinghouse?
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is the rights protection mechanism built into ICANN’s new gTLD program. The Clearinghouse allows brand owners to submit their trademark data into one centralized database, prior to and during the launch of new gTLDs.
To find out more about the Trademark Clearinghouse and get your validated trademark entry, go to: www.trademark-clearinghouse.com
How long does Sunrise last?
ICANN, the governing body for the Internet, has mandated that each new TLD must have a Sunrise period prior to General Availability, and that it must last at least 30 days.
What are the fees?
Your entry into Sunrise will typically comprise of several costs:
- A Trademark Clearinghouse fee. To find out more about the Trademark Clearinghouse and get your validated trademark entry, go to: www.trademark-clearinghouse.com
- A pre-paid Sunrise application fee (non-refundable)
- A minimum year registration (refundable)
If you are awarded the domain name it will be placed into your account. If you are not awarded the domain name, your registration fee will be refunded.
I entered a domain name into my Watchlist, is that enough for my application?
No, the Watchlist is an expression of interest only. When the registries open you will be notified to take action on any domains in your Watchlist for entry into Sunrise, Landrush or General Availability.
What happens if there is more than one registrant per domain name during Sunrise?
The registries are free to choose their own contention policy. However, most registries will use an auction platform to determine a winner. If you are not awarded the domain through the results of the auction, then your registration fee will be refunded.