Google TLDs Continue to Develop

Google Registry plans to launch .dev on January 16, 2019. The launch will follow the same guidelines as their recent launches of .app and .page. Google added .dev to the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list, which means that secure connections (SSL certificates) will be required for live sites. The use of HSTS requires registrants to take steps to configure HTTPS for their domains in order for them to work in all major browsers. With the exception of these security requirements, the TLD will be a regular, open TLD that is open to all interested applicants. The launch begins with a Sunrise Phase on January 16 16, 2019, which will run through February 19, 2019. Domains will enter General Availability on February 28, 2018, with a 9 day Early Access Program to start. Please note, this EAP phase runs 2 days longer than previous Google launches. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Domain Name Enforcement in a Post-GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018, anyone employed in trademark enforcement has had to contend with a new, sizeable roadblock when investigating infringing domain names. Pre-GDPR, it was fairly simple to find out if the domain name registrant owned other domain names, provided they weren’t using a privacy service. One registrant’s list of domain names could reveal more infringements, helping establish a pattern of bad faith registration— potentially giving enforcement professionals the possibility of submitting a single complaint to recover several domains.

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Launch Details for .INC Start to Form

Intercap Holdings Inc. announced plans to launch the .inc gTLD at the beginning of 2019. A sunrise phase for trademark holders begins on January 16, 2019, and will run through February 20, 2019. Domains during the sunrise phase are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registry does not intend placing any additional restrictions on domains for this TLD. There will be no reserved or premium distinctions for .inc domains. General Availability starts on February 20, 2019, and includes a 7 day Early Access Period for priority registration. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.







Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
 Early Access Phase (EAP)
.fan 5-Dec-2018 7-Dec-2018 Yes Donuts (Blocks apply)
 General Availability
.fan 12-Dec-2018 N/A Yes Donuts (Blocks apply)

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide December 3, 2018