EnCirca is supporting all of the new Sunrise Periods, including .guru, .clothing and even the arabic shabaka. We expect there will be nearly 30 Sunrise Periods underway during the month of December. But please wait until December 14 before submitting any more Sunrise applications to EnCirca. Sunrise applications already submitted may need to be re-submitted after December 14 with a newly-issued SMD file from the Trademark Clearinghouse, depending on how a specific Registry has implemented their Sunrise.
As reported here last Friday, the TMCH is revoking all of the SMD files that have been issued since it opened. Therefore, any Sunrise application submitted using a SMD file issued before December 14 will appear on the revocation list checked by Registries for their Sunrise Period.
Since all of the current Sunrise periods are allocating names at the end of their Sunrise period, this means that all of the SMD files that have been issued by the TMCH through December 13 will not be valid for any new Sunrise Period following December 14, even if it has already been used to submit a Sunrise application to a Registry.
[Update] Sunrise applications and DPML blocks already received by the Donuts’ Registries will remain valid and do not need to be re-submitted.
ICANN Registrars are required to check whether the SMD file is on the revocation list. So, trademark owners should blocked by their Registrar from submitting a revoked SMD file by mistake after December 14.
There are over 16,000 records in the TMCH today. Trademark owners or their agents have downloaded the corresponding SMD file for some fraction of these. These should all be discarded. A smaller fraction of SMD files have been provided to ICANN Registrars. These should all be discarded. A even smaller fraction have been submitted to a TLD registry for Sunrise. These may need to be re-submitted with a valid SMD file after December 14, depending on the Registry.
EnCirca welcomes any inquiries from trademark owners and their agents about the up-coming sunrises.
Please review the list of up-coming Sunrises supported by EnCirca and contact us to discuss your plans and receive more details.