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As we already reported in our website’s news on 6 February 2012, ICANN approved the introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that may consist of ‘.yourtrademark’, ‘.yourname’ or ‘.name’, among others.

We also informed that the introduction of these new domain names provided a rights protection mechanism for trademark owners to formally object new gTLDs and that to detect possible conflicts between trademarks and new domain names under the new gTLDs a verification chamber would be created: The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

An ICANN statement has recently confirmed that trademark owners will be able to submit their trademarks to the TMCH as from 26 March 2013.

The TMCH is a database of registration and validation of trademarks on a world-wide basis to look after the rights of trademark owners in view of the adoption of 1,400 new gTLDs. It is important to note that the trademarks will be taken into account by the TMCH only if they are registered in this system.

The owners of trademarks registered at the TMCH will have a surveillance service that will match each new domain under the new gTLDs with their trademarks, and they will receive a warning giving them the opportunity to block the new domain name and prevent its use.

As IP Attorneys, we can handle the registration of your trademarks at the TMCH. We will be delighted to assist you if you are interested in having your trademarks registered for surveillance purposes regarding new domain names under the new gTLDs.

For more information, please visit http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com

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