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May 5, 2010Client Alert

.CO Domain Names Available for Registration

Domain names featuring the country code top-level domain assigned to Colombia, .CO, have recently become available for registration by individuals and businesses around the world. Widely associated with words such as “company” and “corporation”, the .CO extension offers an excellent opportunity for businesses to register highly recognizable domain names. Registration of these domain names is also beneficial given how close in spelling the top-level domain is to .COM, the most common domain name extension.

The launch of the .CO registry involves a multi-phase plan to ensure the orderly distribution of domains:

Global Sunrise Phase: April 26 - June 10, 2010
Registration will be open to owners of trademarks registered in any country prior to July 30, 2008. The domain name must be an exact match to the registered mark. Matching domains will go to auction.

Landrush Phase: June 21 - July 13, 2010
Registration will be open to anyone interested in registering .CO domain names of high commercial value at a premium price.

General Availability: July 20, 2010
Domain names will become available to the general public on a first come, first served basis for standard pricing.

More information about registration of .CO domain names can be found at: http://www.cointernet.co/
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