Changes to .IE Domain Name Registration Policies Effective 21st March 2018…
The rules for registering .ie domain names are changing, following an extensive consultation process over many months. From 21st March 2018, the need to explain why you want a particular domain name (also called ‘claim to the name’) when registering a .ie domain name will be removed.
In the past, along with identification or proof of business, you would have to provide a ‘Claim Letter’ explaining what you planned to use the domain for and why to chose that particular name. The removal of this requirement for .ie registrations is a big change with many benefits…
The removal of the ‘claim to the name’ will make it simpler, easier and faster for businesses to get a .ie registered. It means that anybody with a connection to Ireland will be able to register any available .ie domain name they want. In addition, if you already have a .ie domain name you won’t have to provide paperwork all over again to complete the registration as was previously the case.
However, this could mean that individuals or businesses could register a .ie domain similar to your own brand name. Some customers when registering a domain will register similar versions such as hyphenated for example, in order to provide a level of brand protection and stop other parties ‘passing off’ as their business. So if your company was called ‘Irish Businesses’ for example you could register the following:-
Registering variants like this ensures that no one can use your brand name.
Now is an ideal time to secure additional ‘IE Domain Names’ before anyone else can!