The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) - launching March 26 - is the most important rights protection mechanism built into ICANN’s new gTLD program. It allows brand owners to submit their trademark data into one centralized database, prior to and during the launch of new gTLDs. Simply put: The TMCH is a one-stop-solution for protecting your brand in the new gTLD era.
Any trademark holder, private person, or company can submit their trademark to the Clearinghouse. Download the Clearinghouse guidelines for all detailed information regarding eligibility. The TMCH protects brands in two ways: with a Sunrise Service and a Trademark Claims Service.
Trademark holders will be able to submit their trademark information to a centralized repository.
After verification, the trademark holder has fulfilled the basic (most important) condition to be able to register its corresponding domain name during the pre-registration period of multiple TLDs – also known as the "Sunrise period".
Trademark holders will also have the option to be notified when someone registers a domain name that matches their record in the Clearinghouse.
WOW, $150 per trademark per year. I couldn't quite understand the wording if they mean up to 10 TLDs per trademark or per registration session (buying new TLDs). This would be cheaper and less stressful than fighting with some squatter over your TM domains.
Guess we'll know if we give them some CC info, eh?
Thanks Brett! I really hate going through the rigmarole of preparing trademark proofs for each new TLD that comes along. It's such a huge time-suck and no matter how vigilant I am there are always those that slip by unnoticed. This Trademark Clearinghouse is a great idea especially if ICANN is going to be flooding the market with new domains.