Tag: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

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An Ounce of Prevention: Act Now with “.sucks” Registration Opening
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Trademark Clearinghouse – First Annual Renewal Deadline Approaching

An Ounce of Prevention: Act Now with “.sucks” Registration Opening

As many brand owners may know, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) recently approved the .sucks gTLD. The Sunrise period for trademark owners to register .sucks domain names containing their trademarks begins on March 30, 2015; the general availability period begins on June 1, 2015. We recommend that brand owners consider registering their main brand or trademark as a .sucks domain to block third parties from doing the same.

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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.

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