Over 1000 new domain extensions (gTLDs) have been introduced. Trademark owners can now market their brands using keyword domains that highlight their industry. This expansion of the domain world brings the need for robust online brand protection. Trademark protection is provided by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the Domains Protected Marks List (DPML).
The Trademark Clearinghouse is a database of verified trademarks. Created by ICANN as part of the new gTLD programme, it provides online brand protection to intellectual property owners. This means that your brand is protected against online infringement. Each new domain extension opens with a Sunrise/Trademark holders period. If you want to register the domain name matching your trademark, you'll need to have your trademark registered with the TMCH.
Each new domain extension will launch with a Sunrise registration period. Trademark holders registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will gain exclusive access to this period and be able to register the domain name matching their brand.
In General Availability, anyone trying to register a domain name matching a TMCH registered trademark will receive an alert email. If the email is ignored and registration continued, the TMCH will contact the trademark holder so action can be taken.
We’ve built upon the TMCH platform to offer advanced online brand protection. Our platform continues to monitor the new domain extensions, after the TMCH alerts end. This means your brand protection is ongoing. You'll have a dedicated account manager to help submit your trademark to the TMCH. We'll register your brand during the Sunrise registration period. Once a domain becomes generally available, protection of your brand will continue.
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As an accredited TMCH agent, we’ll help you with the registration of your trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse. Once registered, you’ll receive an SMD or authentication key. This proves you’re registered with the TMCH. Then you can register the matching domain name with any of the new domain extensions, before they become available to the public. You can check out the prices for the activation of your trademark records below. Here’s more SMD information if you need it!
|1 Year||€ 176.10||0%|
|Registration/Renewal||3 Years||€ 512.10||3%|
|5 Years||€ 836.40||5%|
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|Additional labels||2 Years||€ 29.10||0%|
|3 Years||€ 47.50||0%|
The Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) is a rights protection mechanism working with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). It provides brand owners with a means of protecting their trademark; including terms and phrases that contain their trademark. This protection works on all domain extensions from registries employing the DPML system.
Using a DPML block protects terms/phrases that include the Trademark Clearinghouse registered trademark.
A one-time purchase protects for a pre-set period, and can then be renewed. A DPML blocked domain cannot be live on the Internet.
The DPML works by blocking trademark related terms from registration. If you register trademark ‘ABCD’ with the Trademark Clearinghouse, you can buy a DPML block for ‘123ABCD’. This is because it contains your trademark in its original form. You can buy as many blocks as you like, the only requirement being that the trademark is not broken up.
Yes, trademarks must be registered with the TMCH and remain current. If the trademark registration expires, the DPML protection will end.
Brand owners will have to submit an exact match of their trademark, or a phrase containing the mark. They must also provide a Signed Mark Data file (SMD) which comes from the TMCH and is proof of registration. We’ve got more SMD information on our help site!
A DPML block starts once a trademark has been added to the list.
If a DPML block is bought for a trademark/term that’s in a domain name already registered, the domain name won’t be blocked. If the domain name registration expires, the DPML block will be enforced automatically. This will prevent the name being registered.
Terms submitted to the DPML must contain more than two characters. Three character terms are only allowed if they’re an exact match of the trademark.
You can see who owns a DPML block by checking the WHOIS directory.
A DPML blocked domain name can be unblocked. It can then be registered by a trademark owner registered with the TMCH. It can also be unblocked by the holder of the DPML block. Whoever performs the override must have the valid SMD file issued by the TMCH for the domain name.