Trade mark owners wanting to apply for Dot Kiwi domain names will have to wait a little longer than expected. The Dot Kiwi Sunrise Period - the 60-day period when owners with Trademark Clearinghouse registrations can apply for Dot Kiwi domains matching their marks - officially began on Thursday 17 January. However, Dot Kiwi Limited advise that they are not actually able to process applications yet.

Dot Kiwi estimate the delay should be no longer than a couple of weeks, and the Sunrise Period will be publicised when it is properly up and running. Sunrise Period applications are not treated on a first come, first served basis, so the delay will not affect the rights of trade mark holders who are waiting to apply. Assuming, of course, that everything is operational before the end of the 60-day period.

It is mandatory to have a Clearinghouse registration for your trade mark if you want to participate in Sunrise Periods for any new gTLDs. There is still time to apply to the Clearinghouse if you would like to participate in the Dot Kiwi Sunrise Period. Dot Kiwi domain names will become available to the general public after the Sunrise Period ends.