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ICANN surveys domain registrants about trademark claims notices

Survey is well-intentioned but is unlikely to provide good data. ICANN is requesting feedback from domain name registrants about trademark claims notices from the Trademark Clearinghouse. Domain name investors that registered new top level domain names are probably familiar with these notices. When you try to register a domain that matches a trademark in the […]

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New gTLD registries get $6 million refund

ICANN has offered new gTLD registries refunds totaling over $6 million after allegedly double-charging them for access to the Trademark Clearinghouse. At the weekend, its board of directors resolved: to provide a refund of $5,000, as soon as practicable, to the contracted registries or registry operators (including those that have terminated their contracts or whose […]

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Concern over mystery TMCH outage

ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday. Some in the intellectual property community are concerned that the downtime may have allowed people to register domain names without receiving Trademark Claims notices. The downtime was confirmed as unscheduled […]

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ICM will NOT offer free .porn names to .xxx buyers

ICM Registry has reneged on its promise to “grandfather” trademark owners and other .xxx registrants in its forthcoming .sex, .porn and .adult new gTLDs. While the changes are sure to infuriate trademark owners and .xxx registrants, the company insists that ICANN is to blame for blocking its original plans. Originally, ICM had promised to reserve […]

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27 of top 50 websites protecting their brands on new Donuts domain names

How are brands protecting themselves with new top level domain names? Many are, but there are some surprises. I just checked how the top 50 websites are protecting their brands on Donuts top level domain names. I took the top 50 (public) sites from Quantcast and ran them through whois for their matching .gripe domain […]

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Instra Joins The Fight Against Trademark Abuse

With the incredible number of new gTLDs hitting the market one issue that everyone is looking at is, no surprisingly, trademarks. If you think brands had a lot to worry about with the current number of TLDs, just wait. ICANN definitely knew this would be an issue so created the Trademark Clearinghouse to mitigate it. […]

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TMCH brags about numbers, but what do they mean?

Trademark Clearinghouse has issued 500,000 claims notices. The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) announced today that it has issued 500,000 claims notices to prospective registrants of domains under new top level domain names. The notices are shown when someone tries to register a domain that matches a trademark or trademark string submitted to the database. Here’s what […]

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Over half a million Trademark Claims notices served

The Trademark Clearinghouse has delivered over 500,000 Trademark Claims notices and prevented over 475,000 trademarked names from being registered, according to the TMCH. The 500,000 number announced in a press release today seems to refer to pre-registration warnings that the name about to be registered matches a trademark in the TMCH database. Three weeks ago […]

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Full TMCH database published by registry?

DotBerlin seems to have published the full list of trademarks and other strings protected by the Trademark Clearinghouse. The list, published openly on nic.berlin as the .berlin new gTLD went through its sunrise period, contains 49,989 .berlin domain names that the registry says are protected. Neither the TMCH nor DotBerlin have yet responded to a […]

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New TLD trademark notifications top 20,000

The Trademark Clearinghouse has sent over 20,000 notices to trademark holders based on domain registrations matching trademarks. The Trademark Clearinghouse has now issued 20,076 trademark notifications based on second level registrations in new TLDs. The notifications are sent to entities that have registered their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse whenever someone registers an SLD that […]

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