Reminder – new .au domain names coming to Australia from 24 March 2022

Priority given to owners of corresponding Australian domain names in the .au race

by , | Mar 3, 2022

We previously wrote that, from 24 March 2022, individuals, businesses and organisations with an Australian presence will be able to apply to register a domain name of their choosing directly before the .au namespace (e.g. yournamehere.au).

From this date, many applications for .au domain names will be granted on a ’first come, first served‘ basis.  Therefore, interested individuals, businesses and organisations should apply to register their desired .au domain names on or shortly after 24 March 2022, or risk losing them to someone else.

Where a corresponding domain name with an Australian namespace (e.g. yournamehere.com.au, yournamehere.org.au or yournamehere.gov.au) already exists, the approach will be different.  In such cases, the .au domain name will be reserved for up to a six-month period during which only the owner(s) of a corresponding domain name with an Australian namespace will be eligible to apply for it.

If a .au domain name interests you, you may wish to purchase a corresponding Australian domain name before 24 March 2022 to support a claim to priority in the .au domain name between 24 March and 24 September 2022.

If only one owner of a corresponding domain name with an Australian namespace in fact exists, and that owner applies for the .au domain name within six months of 24 March 2022, the .au domain name will be allocated to that applicant in a short space of time.

If two or more owners of a corresponding domain name with an Australian namespace apply for the .au domain name by 24 September 2022, the .au domain name will be allocated to one or other of them according to the scheme described in our previous article.

If none of the owners of a corresponding domain name with an Australian namespace apply for the .au domain name by 24 September 2022, anyone will then be able to apply for the .au domain name on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like further information or assistance in applying for a .au domain name, please contact us.

Naomi Pearce

Naomi Pearce

Executive Lawyer, Patent Attorney & Trade Mark Attorney

Naomi is recognised as one of Australia’s leading patent lawyers in virtually every notable legal guide and directory.  Naomi is also Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Partner of the Year (SME Law) for 2021, and the Founding Principal of Pearce IP, which was recognised as the IP Team of the Year in the Australian Law Awards in December 2021.

Underpinning Naomi’s legal work is a deep understanding of the pharma/biopharma industries, resulting from 25 years’ experience including as VP of IP in-house at global pharma giants, Partner of a top-tier international law firm, and as the founding Principal of Pearce IP.

Alex May

Alex May

Senior Associate, Foreign Qualified Lawyer

Alex is an intellectual property disputes lawyer with twelve years’ experience and a track record of obtaining successful outcomes for clients. He specialises in advising pharmaceutical companies on patent litigation and related matters and has a technical background in genetics.

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