New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names

POSTED BY Rick Shera

01 July 2013

posted in l@w.geek.nz | Intellectual Property | Trademarks | Domain Names

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently opened its Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to help trade mark owners protect their brands in anticipation of the impending launch of hundreds of new gTLDs (generic top-level domains).

The TMCH aims to protect brands by providing:

  • the Sunrise Service which will enable trade mark owners to register corresponding domain names in any new gTLD before general registrations for that gTLD open; and

  • the Trademark Claims Service which will notify domain name registrants and trade mark owners of possible infringements by:
    • Issuing potential domain name registrants with warning notices when they attempt to register a domain name that matches a trade mark in the TMCH.
    • Letting trade mark owners know if a party who has received a warning notice in relation to that owner’s trade mark has proceeded to register the domain name in question anyway.

Given that the number of gTLDs will dramatically increase in the near future, the TMCH’s centralised service will be invaluable to trade mark holders who previously have had to protect their intellectual property rights by dealing individually with each gTLD.

The cost of registering a trade mark ranges between USD150 for one year and USD725 for five years (a saving of USD25) and can be undertaken by the trade mark owner or their agent. To visit the TMCH, click here.

POSTED BY Rick Shera

01 July 2013

posted in l@w.geek.nzIntellectual PropertyTrademarksDomain Names

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