• Protecting Your Brands in the New gTLD Universe - Trademark Clearinghouse Registration Is Open
  • April 4, 2013
  • Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • In the next few months, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will significantly expand the number of generic top-level domains (gTLD). As part of the gTLD expansion process, ICANN launched the Trademark Clearinghouse (“Clearinghouse”) last week. The Clearinghouse is designed to provide trademark owners early registration opportunities in the new gTLDs, as well as notice regarding potentially infringing domain name applications. Although the Clearinghouse will not protect marks from all potential infringements in the new gTLDs, Alston & Bird encourages trademark owners to register their important trademarks with the Clearinghouse in order to take advantage of these early registration and notification benefits.