Are you ready for the launch of new gTLDs?
In the next few months, the domain name system will be greatly expanded to include more than 1,500 extensions. In our recent webinar, The Trademark Clearinghouse: An Inside Look, Vicky Folens, Senior Manager of IP and Internet Services and Strategy at Deloitte, and Robert Kriner, Digital Brand Management Consultant at Corsearch presented the latest updates on the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) process.
The TMCH is the central repository for verified brands to be protected in the new gTLD program introduced by ICANN. Brand owners who successfully validate their trademarks with the TMCH will be granted rights to take part in the following services:
30-Day Pre-Sunrise Notification: Requires all new gTLDs to provide at least a 30-day advance notice that the Sunrise window will be opening. This allows brand owners to evaluate participation in a gTLD 30 days before the Sunrise period.
30-Day Sunrise Period: Requires all new gTLDs to provide a window of at least 30 days for brand owners to submit their registrations. Each validated trademark will receive a Sunrise Key that must be presented to the brand’s registrar during the Sunrise Period.
90-Day Claims Period: Notices will be sent to anyone trying to register a domain matching a trademark in the TMCH. The registrant will have to acknowledge the notice before proceeding to register the domain. If a registrant proceeds, the relevant rights holders will receive a notice of registration.
Folens presented details on exactly how the TMCH works, including the verification/re-correction process, common errors, the acceptance of trademarks in non-Latin script, and the review of UDRP and court cases. She also revealed the following current statistics from the TMCH:
- Number of trademark holders: 850
- Number of agents: 140
- Number of records: 8,500 trademark records (16% are trademark holders going directly).
- Number of labels: 16,900
To learn more details about the inner workings of the TMCH, you can view the recorded version below. Or, download a PDF of the webinar presentation here. If you’d like more information about Corsearch’s TMCH Filing Services, please visit our website. We’re also putting together an FAQ about the Trademark Clearinghouse, so bookmark this page to come back again soon to view it.