.Asia to Release 1 & 2 Character Domains

.Asia starts Sunrise for 1 and 2 character domain names

The 1 & 2 character .Asia domains Sunrise process is set to commence on October 22nd 12:00 noon UTC.

The Sunrise phase will run for seven days, ending on Wednesday, October 30th, 24:00 UTC. Where domain names with only one successfully verified application will be delegated to the applicant. For domain names with more than one successfully verified application, an auction for the domain will be held between the successfully verified applicants.

All Sunrise Applications are subjected to a verification process. Please ensure your Sunrise application include the following data for the verification of Trademark rights including:

  • Registered Mark : Exact word or phrase described by the Registered Mark as applied to the Domain Name Applied For;
  • Registration Number : Registration or serial number of the Registered Mark’s current registration. This is not the trademark application number. This number must enable the Verification Agent to access the correct registration entry in the trademark registry or trademark office;
  • Registration Locality : Location (country/economy) where the right is established (using the corresponding WIPO Standard ST.3 two-letter code);
  • Application Date : Date the Registered Mark was applied (corresponding to the registration described by the Registration Number and Registration Locality in 2 and 3 above);
  • Registration Date : Date on which the competent trademark office has registered the Registered Mark (this is not the application date but the day for which the mark is registered and has entered into full force and effect);
  • Registered Class : Number of the Class of the Registered Mark according to the Nice Classification System (http://www.wipo.int/classifications/nivilo/nice/index.htm#). If more than one class has been registered with the domain, anyone can be used.
  • Nature of Entitlement : Whether the Applicant (corresponding to the Registrant Contact) holds the trademark as the original “OWNER”, “CO-OWNER” or “ASSIGNEE”. Please utilize “ASSIGNEE” also to indicate where the ownership of the Registered Mark is not yet reflected by the trademark office, such as in the case where the mark is recently transferred.

All Sunrise applications will be charged a US$1,500 non-refundable application fee. Single non-contested applications will be allocated immediately after successful verification with minimum two-year registration. Multiple applications will go into auction on our auction partner, Sedo’s platform. More information on the auction process will follow shortly.

Contact EnCirca Support if interested.

.asia to roll-out IDNs in 2010

DotAsia plans to release IDN .asia domain registrations in the second half of 2010 to address the pent up demand in Asia for multilingual web addresses.

The timeline for this roll-out is as follows:

  • Dec 2009: DotAsia will publish first draft of IDN policies
  • Jan-Feb 2010: Input and feedback from industry expertise and users at large will be sought and incorporated into draft policies
  • Mar 2010: IDN Sunrise and Landrush policies to be finalized (after the APRICOT meetings in Kuala Lumpur)
  • NOTE: Launch dates TBD (exact dates will be announced in March after finalization of policies)

EnCirca will provide additional details about .asia IDNs as it becomes available. Watch EnCirca’s website for updates.