The Sunrise period for the .moscow and .Ð¼Ð¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð° gTLDs has ended resulting in in 154 domain name registrations in .moscow and seven registrations in .Ð¼Ð¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð°. Which is not overly surprising given those registered within the Trademark Clearinghouse are more likely to be for larger brands.
The Sunrise period in .moscow and .Ð¼Ð¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð° was popular mainly among global brands including Gucci, McDonalds and H&M. The applicant with the most domains applied for was Apple with 11.
There were also a couple of generic terms registered, these being ÐÐ«.Ð¼Ð¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð° (which can be translated as we.moscow) and ÑÐºÐ°ÑÐ°ÑÑ.Ð¼Ð¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð° (download.moscow).
Commencing 15 July, and ending 13 August, the first limited registration period commenced for the owners of trademarks and service marks valid in the Russian Federation.
The second limited registration period will run from 19 to 25 August and this will be limited to trade names, media and non-profits registered in Moscow as well as Moscow appellations of origin.
To register a domain name, a trademark owner shall contact one of the registrars accredited for the Moscow’s domains and submit the following documents:
- a document confirming the trademark owner’s registration as a legal entity or a sole trader
- a trademark certificate or an enacted judicial decision on the exclusive right to a trademark protected in the Russian Federation.
Then from 24 September to 18 November will be a Landrush period and finally General Availability will commence on 1 December. Both of these will be on a first-come first-served basis for individuals and legal entities from anywhere.
“Domain names in the Moscow extensions will now be available for a wider range of users, because they won’t have to pay for including their trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse,” says Dmitry Burkov, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development (Registry Operator for the .moscow and .Ð¼Ð¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð° TLDs).
“We hope that this limited registration period in the Russian capital domains will be especially popular among Russian trademark owners associated not only with large businesses but also medium-size and small businesses.”