As of 10 June 2014, it will be possible to register a .uk domain, where previously only third-level extensions, such as .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk could be registered. Importantly, businesses and individuals that have previously registered a third-level extension will be given precedence for (second-level) .uk registrations, with .co.uk owners benefiting from the highest level of priority.
Businesses that have a presence in the UK market should consider the implications of the launch on 10 June 2014 of the new .uk country code top-level domain (ccTLD).
Unlike the normal process for new generic top-level domain (gTLD) launches, no trademark ‘sunrise period’ will apply to give precedence to trademark holders; instead, the system will focus on (and favor) existing domain name holders. However, from 10 June 2014, it will also be possible to register a .uk domain name where an equivalent name does not already exist as a .co.uk or .org.uk. Where this is the case, registration will be managed on a first-come, first served basis.