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Bank Domain Names

The .bank domain is open to federally and state chartered financial institutions and provides marketing opportunities and enhanced security features such as better encryption and authentication.

Financial institutions owning federally-registered trademarks have only a few days left to secure their .bank domain before the general registration period opened on June 18, 2015. At that time domains can be purchased on a "first come, first served" basis and there is no guarantee a bank may be able to secure a .bank domain, even if it has a trademark for its name.

Qualified financial institutions must be registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse prior to seeking registration of a .bank domain. Once a mark has been registered with the Clearinghouse, the owner can register for other new top-level domains.

Banks with federally registered trademarks seeking to secure their .bank domain must act quickly to ensure that they can obtain .bank domains corresponding to their marks.

To read more on the topic, visit http://www.aba.com/Tools/Function/Cyber/Pages/dotbankfaq.aspx

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