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UPDATE: Trademark Clearinghouse Set to Open March 2013
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If you have been following the development of the launch of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, you will be interested to know that ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse is set to open on March 26, 2013. The Trademark Clearinghouse is the central location where brand owners can submit valid trademarks for protection against unauthorized registration of their trademarks as domain names. Rights holders whose trademark information has been verified by the clearinghouse will have the opportunity to participate in services offered to help protect their rights.

In January 2012, ICANN began accepting applications for the new generic top-level domains, or gTLDs. The gTLDs that we are likely most familiar with include .COM, .ORG and .NET. This new format has the potential to drastically alter the way consumers and brand owners interact online. The gTLD program presents great opportunities as well as major threats, as individuals and entities may potentially register for an infinite number of new gTLDs. 

As the new program continues to roll out, brand owners are continuing to evaluate the opportunities and risks posed by the program, and part of the evaluation is of the effectiveness of the Trademark Clearinghouse. Learn more about the Trademark Clearinghouse structure and benefits here.

For more information on the developments leading up to the opening of the Trademark Clearinghouse, visit our recent publications: “Brand Protection Strategies in the New World Beyond .COM” and “Trademark Clearinghouse Fees Released”.

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