.Co Global Trademark Sunrise Begins April 26: Reserve .Co for Companies and Commercial Use

.Co Global Trademark Sunrise is April 26: Reserve .Co for Companies and Commercial Use

.Co, an old domain name is reinventing itself and will soon be available for unrestricted international use. But first, trademark owners will be able to reserve their brands.  Starting April 26th, registered trademark owners can apply to reserve their trademarks via EnCirca.com. The suffix .co is universally recognized as an abbreviation for company. In a recent .co registry survey, 75 percent of respondents equated .co with “company”, “corporation,” or “commerce.” In fact, nearly 50 countries use .co as a second level domain name to depict just that, such as co.uk and co.jp (see EnCirca’s list of countries that use .co as a sub-domain below.)
Companies looking to protect their trademark internationally will want to move quickly to protect their brand and trademarks as .co will not be a restricted domain – it will be open to all. By participating in the Sunrise period, you’ll have first dibs on your preferred name to help develop or secure your brand online.
So, don’t delay! Get in before the rush and reserve your trademark or brand name today with EnCirca. The Sunrise period for global trademark holders is from April 26th through June 10th and is followed by Landrush for anyone interested in .co from June 21st through July 13th.
To check out more about .co, visit EnCirca’s .co domain page.
How many countries use .co as a sub-domain?
Now that the country of Colombia is re-purposing its .co country-code top-level domain name for unrestricted international use, we wondered how many other countries reserve .co for commercial or company domain names.  We found nearly fifty different countries or regions that actively offer, or have reserved, a .co domain name space for commercial or company use.
Here’s EnCirca’s list of countries that reserve .co for commercial or company domain names:
Angloa – co.ao
Armenia – co.am
Antigua and Barbuda – co.ag
Austria – co.at
Burundi – co.bi
Botswana – co.bw
Cameroon – co.cm
Channel Islands-Jersey – co.je
Cook Islands – co.ck
Costa Rica – co.cr
Greenland – co.gl
Guyana – co.gy
Hungary – co.hu
India – co.in
Indonesia – co.id
Iran – co.ir
Isle of Man – co.im
Israel – co.il
Italy – co.it
Japan – co.jp
Korea – co.kr
Lesotho – co.ls
Malawi – co.mw
Mauritius – co.mu
Morocco – co.ma
Mozambique – co.mz
Namibia – co.na
Netherlands – co.nl
New Zealand – co.nz
Oman – co.om
Pitcairn – co.pn
Palau – co.pw
Romania – co.ro
Saint Lucia – co.lc
Serbia – co.rs
South Africa -co.za
Tajikistan – co.tj
Tanzania – co.tz
Thailand – co.th
Trinidad and Tobago – co.tt
Uganda – co.ug
United Kingdon – co.uk
US Virgin Islands – co.vi
Uzbekistan – co.uz
Venezuela – co.ve
Zambia – co.zm
Zimbabwe – co.zw
Let us know if there should be any updates to this list.  To learn  more about the .co re-launch, please seehttp://www.encirca.com/html/co-reg.shtml

.Co, an old domain name is reinventing itself and will soon be available for unrestricted international use. But first, trademark owners will be able to reserve their brands.  Starting April 26th, registered trademark owners can apply to reserve their trademarks via EnCirca.com. The suffix .co is universally recognized as an abbreviation for company. In a recent .co registry survey, 75 percent of respondents equated .co with “company”, “corporation,” or “commerce.” In fact, nearly 50 countries use .co as a second level domain name to depict just that, such as co.uk and co.jp (see EnCirca’s list of countries that use .co as a sub-domain below.)

Companies looking to protect their trademark internationally will want to move quickly to protect their brand and trademarks as .co will not be a restricted domain – it will be open to all. By participating in the Sunrise period, you’ll have first dibs on your preferred name to help develop or secure your brand online.

So, don’t delay! Get in before the rush and reserve your trademark or brand name today with EnCirca. The Sunrise period for global trademark holders is from April 26th through June 10th and is followed by Landrush for anyone interested in .co from June 21st through July 13th.

To check out more about .co, visit EnCirca’s .co domain page.

How many countries use .co as a sub-domain?

Now that the country of Colombia is re-purposing its .co country-code top-level domain name for unrestricted international use, we wondered how many other countries reserve .co for commercial or company domain names.  We found nearly fifty different countries or regions that actively offer, or have reserved, a .co domain name space for commercial or company use.

Here’s EnCirca’s list of countries that reserve .co for commercial or company domain names:

Angloa – co.ao

Armenia – co.am

Antigua and Barbuda – co.ag

Austria – co.at

Burundi – co.bi

Botswana – co.bw

Cameroon – co.cm

Channel Islands-Jersey – co.je

Cook Islands – co.ck

Costa Rica – co.cr

Greenland – co.gl

Guyana – co.gy

Hungary – co.hu

India – co.in

Indonesia – co.id

Iran – co.ir

Isle of Man – co.im

Israel – co.il

Italy – co.it

Japan – co.jp

Korea – co.kr

Lesotho – co.ls

Malawi – co.mw

Mauritius – co.mu

Morocco – co.ma

Mozambique – co.mz

Namibia – co.na

Netherlands – co.nl

New Zealand – co.nz

Oman – co.om

Pitcairn – co.pn

Palau – co.pw

Romania – co.ro

Saint Lucia – co.lc

Serbia – co.rs

South Africa -co.za

Tajikistan – co.tj

Tanzania – co.tz

Thailand – co.th

Trinidad and Tobago – co.tt

Uganda – co.ug

United Kingdon – co.uk

US Virgin Islands – co.vi

Uzbekistan – co.uz

Venezuela – co.ve

Zambia – co.zm

Zimbabwe – co.zw

Let us know if there should be any updates to this list.  To learn  more about the .co re-launch, please see http://www.encirca.com/html/co-reg.shtml

7 thoughts on “.Co Global Trademark Sunrise Begins April 26: Reserve .Co for Companies and Commercial Use”

  1. The new .co domain is something companies should look closely, especially those that want to protect their brands and trademarks online. The dot co extension in domains means COmpany, COrporation, etc… Therefore it is very important to reserve your .co domain name and preserve your online identity in this important TLD.
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