|April 4, 2013|
Previously published on March 28, 2013
The new Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) expansion program developed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) includes a Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), which was set to go into effect beginning March 26, 2013. The TMCH will serve as a central registry of nationally or regionally registered trademarks, court-validated marks, and marks protected by statute or treaty. As a repository, the TMCH functions (1) to authenticate contact information and verify mark ownership rights; and (2) to store this information in a single database that may be accessed by gTLD registrars.