Protecting Your Trademark

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ICANN has adopted a number of new Rights Protection Mechanisms, including Trademark Claims, Sunrise Registrations, the URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension), the PDDRP (Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure) and the RRDRP (Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure).

Trademark Clearinghouse services

The Trademark Clearinghouse, one of the rights protection mechanisms put in place by ICANN to protect brand owners, is a centralized repository of validated trademark information. Submitting marks into this clearinghouse will allow brand owners to participate in Sunrise registration periods, purchase "blocking" and receive notification when exact-match domain registrations are made.

Considering the many conditions for submission to the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), managing the process can be complex and time-consuming for most global brands. Only ICANN-accredited Registrars, such as MarkMonitor, can utilize TMCH validated marks to apply for Sunrise Registrations and "blocking", making MarkMonitor uniquely positioned to provide true end-to end services. MarkMonitor Trademark Clearinghouse Services streamlines the entire process from trademark collection and submission to management.

Sunrise Registrations

Sunrise Registration periods provide trademark holders in the Trademark Clearinghouse priority to register domains before they are available to the general public, assuming that all eligibility requirements are met.

Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) System

The URS was designed to provide a cost-effective, expedited process to address issues of trademark infringement and abuse. Domains are suspended for the remainder of the registration term but will be available again for registration once the domain expires.

PDDRP (Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure)

The PDDRP will also provide rights holders with the ability to file complaints against registries who have acted in bad faith with the intent to profit from the systematic registration of infringing domains at the second level (to the left of the “dot”).

RRDRP (Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure)

The RRDRP is a complaint procedure for community-based gTLDs. The complainant must prove that the TLD operator violated the terms of the community-based restrictions in its agreement and that there is measureable harm to the complainant and the community named by the objector.

Objection Filing and Dispute Resolution

Outsource the entire dispute resolution process to experts in domain dispute resolution administration. Quickly suspend or recover infringing domains using fixed-fee services that include all filing, research, drafting and submission of the complaint.

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