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March 18th, 2013
ICANN Introduces Trademark Clearinghouse to Protect Trademark Holders Online
Recent changes in available domain names may open up new possibilities for trademark infringement. As the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) prepares to introduce new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), it is also releasing an important new tool to help trademark owners protect their rights on the Internet. ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is intended to be a repository of all registered trademarks in the world. Trademark owners interested in registering for domain names within new gTLDs, or potentially opposing infringing new gTLD domains, should prepare to register with the TMCH.
Beginning March 26, 2013, trademark owners all around the globe will be invited to register their marks with the TMCH. The TMCH will verify the validity of the mark and add all verified marks to the TMCH database.
Registration will offer two primary benefits to mark owners. First, the TMCH's Sunrise Registration program will allow mark owners to register their trademark as a domain name within each new gTLD at least 30 days before the general public. Taking advantage of this would allow a trademark owner to capture their "TRADEMARK.gTLD" domain before cybersquatters have the opportunity.
Second, for a limited time after the introduction of each new gTLD, the TMCH will notify mark owners about the registration of potentially infringing domain names. TMCH will compare every domain name that is registered in the new gTLDs to every verified trademark in the TMCH database. It is important to note that TMCH will not automatically prevent an application for a domain; mark owners will need to use ICANN's existing dispute system to challenge infringing domain name applications.
The TMCH looks to be a valuable tool for trademark owners concerned about cybersquatting. For more information about the Trademark Clearinghouse, ICANN's new gTLDs, or trademark protection in general, contact Mary Sotis at (212) 705 4878 or email@example.com, or Rachel Kronman at (212) 705 4855 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any other memo of the Frankfurt Kurnit Trademark and Brand Management Group.
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