Archive for February, 2013


New gTLD Program: String Similarity Contention Sets

Posted February 27th, 2013


ICANN has published the contention sets identified by the string similarity review for applications submitted as part of the New gTLD Program. Review the full list of contention sets here: PDF [162 KB], CSV [65 KB] or from the Applicants’ Corner page on the new gTLD microsite.

Overall statistics about Contention Sets

  • 2 Non-Exact Match Contention Sets
    • .hotels & .hoteis
    • .unicorn & .unicom
  • 230 Exact Match Contention Sets
  • 754 Total Applications in contention

The Current Application Status page on the new gTLD microsite will be updated to reflect these contention sets.

Get the full skinny HERE.


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ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse Coming Soon!

Posted February 26th, 2013


On 26 March 2013, ICANN will unveil a global repository for trademark data, the first of its kind in the domain name space. The Trademark Clearinghouse will enable companies and individuals to protect their trademarks, while new generic Top-Level Domains are introduced into the Domain Name System.  Rights holders whose trademark information has been verified by the Clearinghouse will have the opportunity to participate in a set of services designed to help protect their rights.

Trademark Clearinghouse Structure

Clearinghouse operations are divided into two functions:

  1. Trademark Validation
    Beginning 26 March 2013, rights holders can submit trademark data at Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services is responsible for verifying these trademark submissions.
  2. Database Administration
    ICANN is working with IBM on management of the Trademark Clearinghouse database, including provision of relevant data to new gTLD registries and registrars for Sunrise and Trademark Claims services. These systems are anticipated to be operational later in 2013.

Benefits of Inclusion in the Trademark Clearinghouse

Rights holders that register their marks with the Clearinghouse will receive:

  • Access to Sunrise Registration
    The Sunrise period allows eligible trademark holders the opportunity to register their marks as domain names in advance of the general public.
  • Notification of Registration
    During Sunrise and Claims periods, the Trademark Clearinghouse will alert rights holders when a domain name is registered that matches the rights holder’s mark in the Clearinghouse.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services Members Selected

Posted February 15th, 2013


The Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG) is the first step in fulfilling the ICANN Board’s directive to help redefine the purpose and provision of gTLD registration data. This project is designed to provide a foundation for the creation of a new global policy for gTLD directory services, and requisite contract negotiations, as appropriate.

See the full skinny HERE including profiles of selected members.

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A Sexier ICANN New gTLD Info Page

Posted February 14th, 2013


Applied-for names, application status, objection procedures, trending topics, the new timeline, Webinars: all the info available right now on the juggernaut that is the launch of the New gTLDS making it’s way though the birth canal of hope, process and concern is right HERE in a pleasing and dynamic presentation.


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Trademark Clearinghouse FAQs

Posted February 11th, 2013

From our friends at Com Laude:


1. What is the Trademark Clearinghouse?

The internet is changing. ICANN, which administers the domain name system is running a process that will see the creation of nearly 1400 new registries. As part of the process, it has mandated the creation of a Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), for which ICANN has appointed Deloitte as validator and IBM as the technical operator.

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is a database of verified trademark information. The TMCH will allow trademark owners to deposit their trademark information into one centralized system for one fee, rather than with each of potentially hundreds of individual registries during their sunrise periods.

2. Why should I register?

Registration in the TMCH is important for brand owners because it is the central platform for cost-effective participation in:

1. Sunrises (a period during which a trademark owner can apply to a new gTLD registry to obtain a domain name matching its trademark) and;

2. Trademark Claims Service (whereby a trademark owner is notified by the TMCH of any registrations matching its marks in any new gTLD).

When the new gTLD registries launch, they must link to the TMCH for a minimum period of 30 days for the Sunrise and for a minimum of 60 days for the Trademark Claims service.

3. When do I need to act?

The TMCH will begin to accept marks in February 2013.

4. What trademarks should I register?

We suggest that you select the trademarks that you put into the TMCH based on the following considerations:

• Which marks are registered and in force in your key markets?
• Which marks are vital to your online presence?
• Which marks are sensitive to infringement and/or abuse in these markets?
• Consider the registry requirements for Open Restricted registries you are interested in.
• Review the terms you frequently register across existing TLDs and identify those which you want to protect.

We can assist you identify the right marks to submit into the TMCH.

5. Eligibility

To be eligible for inclusion in the TMCH, a trademark must be one of the following:

1. Nationally or regionally registered;
2. Validated by a court of law;
3. Protected by a statute or treaty; or
4. Some “other mark” constituting intellectual property (IP). ICANN has indicated that “other marks” may also be included provided that they can be represented within and verified by the TMCH.

In addition, it must be a ‘word mark’, although Deloitte have stated they may accept figurative and device marks. As we await confirmation we recommend that you remain conservative with what you submit in order to avoid the risk of your registration failing.

6. What marks won’t the TMCH accept

• Any mark starting with a dot (.) or containing a dot.
• Any IP rights which cannot be represented within the technical limitations of the Domain Name System (e.g. patents and designs)

7. Proof of use

In order to receive Trademark Claims notifications, no proof of use has to be submitted.

To participate in Sunrises, a trademark owner must also provide proof that the trademark is in use. Proof of use will be re-verified every five years.

Proof of use requires the provision of:

1. A signed declaration.
2. A sample of use. Deloitte has given some initial guidance on what is an acceptable sample:

8. Official Cost

The official fees charged by Deloitte for placing one trademark in the TMCH using an agent are $145 for 1 year, $435 for 3 years and $725 for a 5 year registration. Renewal of an expiring TMCH registration may be as much as another $150 per year.

9. Who is running the TMCH?

Validation of marks for entry into the TMCH will be undertaken by Deloitte Belgium, which has a contract to be the exclusive provider of validation services for the first 10 new gTLD Sunrises.

The technical operator of the TMCH is IBM who will receive validated marks from Deloitte and, in the future, other validation providers. IBM is currently negotiating a contract with ICANN that is likely to include multiple Statements of Work and High Availability service levels.

10. Who retains rights to the IP?

ICANN will retain all rights in the IP in the TMCH and will be undertaking a monitoring program to ensure that windfall profits are not made by either provider.

11. What can I register as a domain name?

A domain registration is limited to exact match of a domain name to an eligible word mark. During the trademark’s registration, the TMCH will automatically generate a list of matching domain names based on ICANN’s Domain Name Matching Rules.

As is customary in Sunrises, spaces and punctuation such as asterisks or exclamation marks in the trademark may be omitted or replaced with hyphens in the domain name. In addition, the ‘&’ and ‘@’ symbols may be transcribed as ‘and’ or ‘at’ in the language(s) of the relevant trademark jurisdiction.

Up to 10 permitted matching domain names are included in the price of a trademark registration in the TMCH. For each additional domain name, an additional fee will be charged by Deloitte. The fees are as follows: $1 for 1 year, $3 for 3 years and $5 for 5 year registrations.

For more information go HERE.

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