New Domain TLDs



Adding hundreds of new top level domains to the Internet.

 

The New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program is adding hundreds of new domain extensions to the Internet in the coming years. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization coordinating gTLDs, has received a total of 1,930 applications from organizations interested in managing their own gTLD.

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) was established by ICANN and is part of the measures to protect the rights of trademark holders during the launch of new generic top level domains. It serves as a centralized database of trademarks. The purpose of the clearinghouse is to accept records of registered trademarks, to validate these records and then to add them to the central trademark database. To submit and register a trademark in the Clearinghouse is a chargeable service you can offer to your clients through OpenSRS.



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How the Trademark Clearinghouse works

 

The TMCH accepts any registered trademark of at least national effect from any country in the world. Court-validated trademarks and marks protected by statute or treaty can also be submitted to the TMCH, although those constitute only a minor portion of trademark records. Only a few exceptions apply – trademarks which contain a dot (.) or which include an existing TLD string (e.g. mytradmark.org) are excluded, as well as device marks. Trademarks also cannot contain a mix of Latin and non-Latin characters, so the sample trademark “Deloitte トーマツ” could not be accepted.

Once a trademark has been submitted to the TMCH, the TMCH will check with the relevant trademark register if the trademark actually exists, if the data provided with the application matches the information on the trademark certificate, and if it really belongs to the entity who submitted the application to the TMCH. If the application is approved, a trademark record is inserted to the TMCH database, and a “Signed Mark Data” file is issued to the trademark holder. The TMCH database provides the basis for the implementation of the first phase of all new gTLDs and the communication of the Trademark Claims Notices.


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