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Education e-briefing: .university launched

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Education establishments with registered trade marks will inevitably wish to protect their brands. With the roll-out of a number of education-related generic top level domains (“gTLDs”) over the next few years, such establishments may seek to ensure that their brands are protected in the key domain names.

.academy, .education and .institute were recently launched in March and are now available to the public on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Similarly, the ‘Sunrise Period’ for .university has now begun. This period allows trade mark owners to apply to pre-register their registered trade marks as .university domains before it comes to an end on 19 July 2014. Following the end of the Sunrise Period, .university will be available to the public to register on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

The operators of the internet have put in place a number of mechanisms in an attempt to provide protection against brand abuse in the new gTLDs. For further information about the mechanisms and how brand owners can protect their brands in the new gTLDs, please click here.