"ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse: A Potential New Tool for Trademark Owners"

Later this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to launch expanded generic top-level domains (gTLDs) beyond the current 22 gTLDs (e.g., .com, .org, .edu, etc.). No formal date for the launch has been announced.  According to ICANN, as of May 31, 2013, 514 applications for new gTLDs have passed the initial approval process.  These gTLDs include, for example, ".cab", ".bridgestone",
".school" and ".news".  In order to address concerns raised by trademark owners about the risk to trademark rights with the launch of new gTLDs, ICANN recently launched the Trademark Clearinghouse through which trademark owners can provide data about their trademarks that will help support challenges to the new gTLDs as part of "Sunrise Services" as well as "Trademark Claims."

This Stroock Special Bulletin provides an overview of The Trademark Clearinghouse, which is only applicable to new gTLDs, and will not apply to existing gTLDs, such as .com or .edu.