ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse To Start Accepting Registrations This Month13/03/2013 by Intellectual Property Watch 1 CommentShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service, and depends on subscriptions. To access all of our content, please subscribe now. You may also offer additional support with your subscription, or donate.By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that its Trademark Clearinghouse database, through which rights holders can submit their eligible trademarks prior to and during ICANN’s launch of new domains, will start operating on 26 March.Any trademark holder, private person, or company can submit their trademark, according to the clearinghouse website. The registry is intended to make it easy for rights holders to track potentially infringing registrations. ICANN is the domain name system technical oversight body.The clearinghouse will accept trademarks that are nationally or regionally registered trademarks; protected by statue or treaty; validated through a court of law or other judicial proceeding; or others that constitute intellectual property rights. Full clearinghouse guidelines can be found here [pdf].The verified data in the Trademark Clearinghouse will be used to support both sunrise services and trademark claims, according to a clearinghouse FAQ page provided by ICANN. The 30-day sunrise service period allows users an “advance opportunity to register domain names corresponding to their marks before names are generally available to the public.” After the sunrise period expires, the claims service will send an automatic notification to a trademark holder who has signed up if another user applies to register a domain name that directly matches the trademark.The Trademark Clearinghouse is part of ICANN’s new generic top-level domain (gTLD) process implemented last year (IPW, Information and Communications Technology/Broadcasting, 31 January 2012). The clearinghouse was intended to address trademark holders’ concerns about the large expansion of new domains. Share this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Related"ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse To Start Accepting Registrations This Month" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.