The domain name landscape is about to change dramatically with the introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs. Are you and your customers ready for this shift?
As part of the roll-out process of new gTLDs, ICANN has mandated the creation of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The TMCH is designed to serve as the centralized database for the protection of trademark holders' rights during the launch of the new gTLDs.
Sibername recently launched its Trademark Clearinghouse Service and many of our customers are now leveraging the TMCH service to submit their trademarks.
How TMCH Works to Protect Trademarks:
1. Trademark Sunrise Protection
Trademark holders with registered marks with the Clearinghouse will be given first opportunity to obtain their respective branded domains for each and every new gTLD release. During the mandatory Sunrise period for any new gTLD, trademarks validated by the Clearinghouse can register their branded domain before the general public. Please note that having a validated trademark entry in the Clearinghouse is the minimum requirement to participate in the limited Sunrise pre-registration period.
Sunrise Service Advantages:
2. Trademark Claims
The Trademark Clearinghouse monitors registered marks for Trademark Holders. Whenever a third party attempts to register a registered trademark, both the domain name registrant and trademark holder will be warned of possible infringements.
How the Claim Service Works:
The TMCH is an integral service to helping our customers protect their valuable IP as well as to leverage opportunities with the new gTLDs. Remember, some of the first sunrise periods are alredy in progress. We encourage you to register your trademarks in the TMCH as soon as possible.