Registration of '.pф' domain names now open to general public

Russian Federation
As of November 11 2010 '.p?' domain names are available for registration by the general public.

Due to widespread cybersquatting in the '.ru' extension, the Russian authorities took a very cautious approach before allowing the fully fledged registration of Cyrillic domain names. First, there was a priority reservation period for governmental bodies and owners of trademarks in Cyrillic characters (for further details please see "First Cyrillic domain names launched"). Subsequently, the owners of trademarks in Latin script were allowed to register the equivalent Cyrillic domain names (ie, the Cyrillic transliteration of their marks). Later on, new categories of users were added:
Finally, on November 11 2010 the registration of Cyrillic domain names was open to everybody. By that date, more than 200,000 applicants had filed an application to obtain a Cyrillic domain name. The Coordination Centre for the National Domain even had to set a limit: not more than 4,500 applications per hour. The fever surrounding the new extension is expected to subside quickly, and all the applications will be processed within days. 
 
Nevertheless, the new extension is expected to be populated rapidly, and issues relating to the protection of IP rights are likely to arise. As the authorities did everything in their power to minimise these issues at the preparation stage, any problems that arise in the future might be due to a lack of care on the part of IP rights owners.
 
Vladimir Biriulin, Gorodissky & Partners, Moscow

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