.London domain name pre-orders

This FAQ relates to gtld pre-orders

This FAQ will explain who is eligible for which launch phase for the .LONDON domain name release and the order of priority.

The initial launch of the .LONDON Top Level Domain - open to anyone wishing to get a .LONDON domain name is intended to provide certain trade mark holders and Londoners with priority over non-Londoners to get a .LONDON domain name. The Launch, which will begin on 29th April 2014 and ends on the 31st July 2014, will run two distinct phases simultaneously.

Phases

An ICANN mandated Sunrise application phase in which certain trade mark holders who have entered their trade marks into ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will be given the highest priority to secure thier trademarks in .LONDON

A London Priority Period (LPP) which is designed to give priority to London based businesses, organisations, and individuals to get a .LONDON domain name. Applicants as defined below, will be given priority over non-Londoners applying for the same domain name during this period.

Eligibility

Sunrise

Applicants with a trade mark recorded in the official Trademark Clearing house submitted with a valid SMD file

London Priority Period 1

In order to qualify under London Priority Period 1, applicants must have a valid London address and an existing right for the name.

Eligible rights are:

Registered trade marks effective in the UK (UK/EU/Int'l) prior to 1st April 2014

Evidence Needed

Applicant will need to provide the following information, which will be submitted via the Validation System:

  • Trade mark name
  • Trade mark registration number
  • Jurisdiction in which the trade mark is registered (UK/CTM/WIPO)
  • Trade mark owner (if different from the applicant, applicant must indicate the nature of the relationship between themselves and the trade mark owner)
  • Date of application of the trade mark (must be prior to April 2014)
Please note: For trade marks including figurative elements (e.g. style or logos) the part of the trade mark for which priority is being claimed in the domain name application must be:
  • Predominant; and
  • Clearly separable or distinguishable from the device element; and
  • In the same order they appear on the trade mark record in the applicable database.
For example, the trade mark below could support an application for the domain name icannaccreditedregistrar.london, but not accreditedregistraricann.london or just icann.london


Unregistered trade marks with use in London prior to 1st April 2014

Evidence Needed

The applicant must prove use of the name by submitting any of the following types of evidence which must contain the name in a clear, stand-alone format:

  • Dated advertising and marketing materials (e.g. brochures, pamphlets, catalogues, product manuals, displays or signage, press releases, screen shots, social media marketing materials etc.)
  • Links to websites, screen shots from websites
  • Headed and dated stationary, receipts, invoices
  • Dated photographs or scans of product labels, tags or containers
  • A signed declaration of use by a UK solicitor or trade mark attorney
For example, an applicant claiming priority with a registered name of "ABC Trading & Sons Limited" but uses "ABC & Sons" as its trading name could provide the invoice below to prove use of the name in London before 1st April 2014.

Please note: If the owner of the unregistered trade mark or trading name is different from the applicant, the applicant must indicate the nature of the relationship between themselves and the unregistered trade mark or trading name owner.

Registered names of Companies and Charities registered prior to 1st April 2014


Evidence Needed – Registered Company Names


Applicant will need to provide the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Companies House registration number
  • Date of Incorporation

Evidence Needed – Charities Regulated by the Charities Commission


Applicant will need to provide the following information, which will be submitted via the Validation System:

  • Charity name
  • Charity commission number
  • Date of registration
There is no requirement for qualifying charities to have been registered by a particular date so long as the record is live and effective at the time it is checked during the LLP. 
If the name the charity is commonly known by differs from its registered name, the applicant can still claim priority to the more common name by virtue of submitting valid information on its registered or unregistered trade mark.

Personal (Full) Names


Evidence Needed

The applicant must demonstrate the authenticity of the application by means of submitting a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Current and valid passport
  • Current, valid full UK photo-card driving licence
  • Birth certificate
  • Residence permit showing full name and current address
  • National Insurance Card
  • Other official certificates that provide evidence of the legal name (e.g. Marriage certificates)
Please note: Applicants that have changed their name by Deed Poll and have not updated any of the documentation listed above can submit a scan of their Deed Poll documentation.
Applicants may apply for their full legal name, or one or more of their forenames in combination with their surname. For example, Alexander James Smith would be entitled to priority to the domain names:
  • alexanderjamessmith.london
  • alexandersmith.london
  • jamessmith.london
However, the following would not qualify for London Priority 1:
  • alexander.london
  • alexanderjames.london
  • smith.london

London Priority Period 2

In order to qualify under London Priority Period 2, applicants must have a valid London address

London Priority Period 3

In order to qualify under London Priority Period 3, applicants will not have a valid London address

General Availability

All other applications made after 9th September

Priority

One Applicant

If you are the only applicant for your name at the end of this period you will be able to register your applied for domain name.

Multiple Applicants

Where there is more than one application for the same name then applicants will be prioritised on the following basis:

Trademark Holders - to protect the rights of trademark holders, applications for names corresponding to trademarks registered in ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse will be first priority.

Following this, the following priority will apply:

London Priority 1:        Applicants with a valid London address and existing rights to the name

London Priority 2:        Applicants with a valid London address only

London Priority 3:        Applicants without a London address            

Where there are multiple applicants you will be contacted by e-mail by the validation agent (admin@validation.london). You will have 21 days to complete the validation process and submit any necessary information.

If two or more applicants end up in the highest London Priority level then they will be invited to participate in an auction.

Further information For more details about the London Priority Rules, please go to http://www.dotlondondomains.london/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Dot-London-Priority-Period-Rules.pdf