Second Level domain name registration “.CO”, opened for Colombian or worldwide registered trademarks
The Colombian Domain Administration has recently opened the second level domain registration under the extension “.co” for trademarks registered world widely before July 30, 2008.
According to the Colombian Domain Administration’s resolution there will be two priority terms depending on the country of registration of the claimed trademark:
- The owners of trademarks registered in Colombia, will have the right to register domains under extension “.co” as from April 1, 2010 until April 20, 2010.
- The owners of trademarks registered in any other country will have the right to register such domains as from April 26, 2010 until June 10, 2010.
The requested domain will have to be identical to the text or nominative elements of the registered trademark; i.e. it won’t be possible to register only one part of the complete registered trademark.
If only one applicant requests the domain, the registration of same will be granted in favor of that applicant.
Should more than one application be filed for the same domain within this period, the domain will be auctioned (in this case the amount paid for the registration will not be reimbursed by the Registrar).
Finally, please be advised that the Colombian Domain Administration has also reduced the requirements for registering domain names; documents and local presence are no longer necessary to register a domain in this country.