Trademark Clearinghouse – First Annual Renewal Deadline Approaching
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is the central repository for validated trademarks for the purpose of protecting brands under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) New Generic Top-Level Domains program (new gTLD program), permitting participation in both the Sunrise and Claims processes that ICANN established to give preference to brand owners. If your company was an early registrant in the TMCH, it is likely that your registrations had an effective date of November 5, 2013, which is the date that the TMCH went ‘live’. While the TMCH procedures provide for multi-year registrations, many registrants initially paid their US$150 fee for only a single year of registration. If so, your deadline to renew is November 5, 2014.