St Patrick’s Day (17 March) coincided this year with the end of the sunrise period for the new .KIWI top-level domain. As we explained in a previous post, the sunrise period is a service which all new global top-level domains (gTLDs) must provide for at least 30 days to trade mark owners who have registered their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse.
In the case of .KIWI, the sunrise period began officially on 16 January 2014, running for 60 days.
During the sunrise period, owners of registered trade marks who had signed up to the Trademark Clearinghouse were able to reserve .kiwi domain names that corresponded to their registered trade marks.
Now that the Sunrise Period has expired, .KIWI domain names are open to the public at large on a first come, first served basis.
However, under the rules of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), every new gTLD has to offer a Trademark Claims Service of 90 days. During this Claims Service, trade mark owners who have registered their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse will receive a notification if there is an application for a domain name which matches one of their trade marks. It is then up to the trade mark owner to decide whether to take action. The Claims Service for .KIWI opened on 18 March 2014 and will close on 16 June 2014.