Sunrise Ended

The sunrise application period for holders of registered trademarks ended on 16th December 2015. About 20 domains were registered in this phase, no auctions were required. Short .ie domains are now generally available.

Short .ie domains are generally available

Short domains are now available for general registration subject to the normal .ie rules. Click the button below to see if your desired name is still available.

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Sunrise Overview

  • The Sunrise application period will start on 16th November 2015 and will run for 30 days. It will provide trademark holders with the opportunity to apply for a one character or two letter .ie domain that corresponds exactly to their registered mark.
  • Multiple applications will be accepted for each domain, and all applications received will be evaluated, and responded to within 48-72 hours of receipt during the working week.
  • If multiple eligible applications are received for a single domain name will be resolved by use of a private auction. All eligible auction participants will be contacted at the end of Sunrise to advise on the auction procedures.
  • If only one eligible application is received for a domain, registration will be granted to the sole eligible applicant at the end of the Sunrise process.

Eligibility

Holders of the following trademarks will be accepted during Sunrise:

  • Irish trademarks,
  • Community trademarks,
  • International trademarks designating Ireland,
  • UK trademarks where the registered company address on the trademark database is located within the Island of Ireland.

All applicants will be required to provide a copy of their trademark certificate / trademark number, which will be verified during the Sunrise process

All rights must have been obtained prior to July 30th, 2014.

The Domain Name applied for must be identical to all text or word elements contained in the eligible Trademark.

The recorded name of the Trademark must be an identical match to the reported name, as long as the name of the Trademark includes letters, words, numerals, keyboard signs, and punctuation marks (“Characters”) that are:

  • Predominant
  • Clearly separable or distinguishable from the device element
  • All predominant characters included in the Trademark Record provided in the Sunrise application are in the same order they appear in the mark.

A domain name containing a plural version of the mark is not considered to be an identical match, and will not be considered eligible during Sunrise.

If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark includes one or more spaces between letters, the spaces should be removed.

If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark includes a special character (such as -, @, !, §, %, ^, © or &), these characters should be omitted.

NOTE: In the event that there is any doubt surrounding the eligibility of the trademark, the decision will be referred to external specialists with thorough knowledge of both national and regional Trademark law.

Examples

  • If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark is AB, then the domain name string that is applicable must be AB for it to be deemed an identical match.
  • If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark is “A&E”, the “&” is deemed a special character that cannot be represented in a domain name string. As such, it will be omitted, and the domain name label that would be considered as applicable could be “AE”.
  • If a Trademark Holder’s registered mark is áé, the trademark would not be eligible to participate in Sunrise, but would be during Landrush or General Availability, provided the domain has not already been registered.

Short .ie domains are generally available

Short domains are now available for general registration subject to the normal .ie rules. Click the button below to see if your desired name is still available.

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