‘Sunrise’ Period Allows Major Brands, Others to
Trademark and service mark owners have six weeks, starting today, to register
domain names with the new .Pro top- level Internet domain (TLD), during a
special pre-launch “sunrise” registration campaign announced by .Pro
registry operator RegistryPro.
These defensive domain name registrations are available until May 14, 2004,
through any of RegistryPro’s authorized registrars.
The .Pro TLD is designed to give professionals both a distinctive and secure
Internet presence for their Web site, email traffic and confidential
transactions. Each live .Pro domain registration will include a digital
certificate for authenticating communications and transactions. Professionals
must undergo a verification process to validate their eligibility for using a
.Pro name extension. Initially, the .Pro domain will only be available to
doctors, lawyers and CPAs. RegistryPro expects to launch the .Pro domain in June
Trademark and service mark owners may purchase four-year defensive registrations
across-the-board for all current and future second-level string (domain name)
variations or for any specific .law.pro, .med.pro or .cpa.pro domain name.
“As we near the launch of the .Pro domain, we encourage the owners of
trademarks, service marks and other protected brand names to take advantage of
this special registration opportunity,” said Michael DelCiello, General
Manager of RegistryPro. “The .Pro domain will add a new dimension to the
Internet, offering professionals a unique online identity, and providing a new
standard of security and confidentiality for professionals and their
Defensive registrations provide a strategic solution that enables registrants to
block domain names that exactly match their trademarks, and to reserve a name
for future use. These registrations cannot be used to point to an actual Web
site, or as extensions to email addresses. However, after the .Pro domain begins
operating in June 2004, registrants can convert a defensive registration to a
live domain name if they meet the registry’s eligibility requirements.
Prospective registrants may visit www.registrypro.pro for more information on
registering .Pro domain names.
RegistryPro, Chicago, operates the .Pro top-level domain (TLD), an Internet
registry exclusively for professionals who meet specific eligibility
requirements and undergo a verification process. All .Pro names are issued with
a digital certificate, an online passport that facilitates secure communications
and transactions. RegistryPro provides a new way for professionals to
distinguish themselves on the Internet by using the .Pro extension. Initially
offered to doctors, lawyers and CPAs, the .Pro domain name provides a solution
for professionals who require heightened confidentiality and security in their
online communications. RegistryPro is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hostway
Corp., a global leader in Web-hosting and other managed services.
Web site: http://www.registrypro.pro/