With the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) expected to begin accepting submissions within the next month or so, many companies are now attempting to identify marks for inclusion. As a reminder, the TMCH is a centralized repository of validated rights which will be used in support of ICANN’s New gTLD Program. Submissions to the TMCH enable brand owners to register their trademarks as domain names during so-called Sunrise Periods. To participate in any New gTLD Sunrise, marks must be validated by the TMCH. In addition, the TMCH provides notifications to brand owners when an exact-match domain name registration is made during the first... Read More
Over the past four-plus years, MarkMonitor has been closely following and actively participating in the development of ICANN’s New gTLD Program. We have advocated passionately for the addition of improved Rights Protection Mechanisms and we are dedicated to providing accurate and unbiased information about the program to all our clients. Below we have highlighted recent program updates from the last month, and we invite you to contact any one of our New gTLD Experts to schedule a call to discuss your questions or concerns about ICANN’s New gTLD Program. Rest assured that as these new registries launch starting next year, we... Read More
At his first meeting as CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehade showed up ready to work AND to listen. ICANN’s new CEO described his objectives for the organization which included 1) affirmation of purpose, 2) operational excellence, 3) internationalization, and 4) evolution of the multi-stakeholder model on which ICANN is built. He also described significant organizational changes to ICANN leadership and staff to support public engagement, technical functions, registry and registrar services, contractual compliance, communications, and stakeholder and governance support. Generally speaking, attendees at the ICANN meeting were encouraged by what they heard from the new CEO. In addition to the excitement... Read More
With new gTLD registries slated to launch starting late next year, there appears to be an increased sense of urgency surrounding the need for improved rights protection mechanisms at the second-level. Perhaps this is due to the larger than expected number of applications submitted, or the mere fact that new gTLDs will soon become a reality? Whatever the outcome will be from this new interest and action, there are now three new proposals for improving protections at the second-level which all propose changes that could help brands defend themselves in the new namespace. We support the dialogue wholeheartedly. ICANN's Business Constituency Position... Read More
MarkMonitor recently completed a survey of our corporate client base in an effort to uncover important domain name trends relating to defensive domain name registrations, New gTLDs, and Whois accuracy. Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that over 90% of corporate portfolios currently consist of defensive registrations. The survey also revealed that New gTLDs are of significant concern to large corporations. Fifty-five percent of the respondents stated that New gTLDs will create opportunities for brand harm or confusion. And just over half stated that their online policing efforts will need to increase. Interestingly enough, about 75% of the respondents do not expect... Read More

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