What is the Sunrise period for a EU domain name?
The Sunrise period is the period during which authorities and right holders (e.g. right holders of a trademark) can apply to obtain the domain name in question. Applicants have to reside within the EU.
During the Sunrise period the applicant will not apply directly for registration. The application only refers to the inquiry to examine the possibility to claim certain rights as described in the Sunrise rules. If those rights can be claimed, then registration will follow.
From the "Post-Sunrise" period onwards ( Landrush) you can register directly.
The Sunrise period consists of 2 subsequent phases, each lasting for a period of 2 months. During the first phase, only the following domain names can be registered:
- The complete name of an authority
- The acronym referring to the authority
- If applicable, the territory over which the authority has jurisdiction
- Registered national and community brands
- Other brands are considered as "other older brands" and can be treated during the Sunrise 2 period.
- All domain names mentioned in the Sunrise 1 paragraph
- Non registered brands
- Trade names
- Other rights protected by national law if any: company names, company reference and characteristic titles of protected literary and works of art.
All other domain names can only be applied for during the "Landrush" period.
During the Sunrise period you will have to pay for administrative expenses for treating and validating the domain name in addition to the annual registration fee.