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Benefits to Business of .tel (Trademark Owners Act By Feb. 2)

By Elizabeth T. Russell • Jan 14th, 2009 • Category: Business Law, Newest Post

A new top level domain is currently being made available: . tel

Unlike other top level domains, which simply direct users to websites that may be hosted anywhere in the world, .tel will store the owner’s contact information directly on the associated DNS (domain name server) — and will return that contact information when a user enters the domain, even if there is no website associated with the domain.

As an example: if you enter the .tel domain of a local business from your mobile phone, you will receive the business’ phone number, email address, physical address and even GPS coordinates without having to wade through a website. You’ll get that information even if there is no website.

Registering .tel domains is occurring in three phases. The “Sunrise” period, for trademark owners only, closes on February 2, 2009. The “Landrush” period, during which .tel domains will be available for premium prices, extends from February 3 - March 23, 2009. The “General Availability” period begins on March 24.

Elizabeth T. Russell is a solo practitioner with her own firm, Russell Law. Attorney Russell self describes her firm as "Legal Services for Creative People" focusing on Intellectual Property issues, specifically Copyright and Trademark law for businesses and individuals. You can contact Beth at: Phone: (608) 833-1555 E-mail: Website: www.erklaw.com Address: 402 Gammon Place, Suite 270, Madison, WI 53719
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