With ICANN's introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the Internet naming structure will undergo significant changes. The implications for users and global corporations are extensive. MarkMonitor® is dedicated to providing up-to-date and accurate information to assist brand owners in managing their domains in a new gTLD world.
Over the next 2–3 years, ICANN is expected to delegate approximately 1,300 new gTLD Registries. Most MarkMonitor clients' brands are expected to meet the eligibility requirements necessary to register domain names in approximately 600 of these new gTLDs.
The first new gTLD was delegated in December 2013.It is anticipated that new gTLDs will continue to launch over the next two years.
Yes. MarkMonitor intends to provide registration services across all new gTLDs where our clients meet eligibility requirements.
Prices will vary by registry. MarkMonitor notifies clients as soon as pricing information becomes available.
Defensively registering as a means of protecting trademarks will likely be cost prohibitive in this new environment. While companies will likely register their marks in the most popular Registries, MarkMonitor strongly recommends implementing an automated solution to detect and remediate abuse.
There are several steps brands can currently take to prepare. These include:
The Trademark Clearinghouse is a centralized repository of validated rights which will be used in support of ICANN's New gTLD Program. The Trademark Clearinghouse will enable brand owners to register their trademarks as domain names during Sunrise Periods and will notify rights owners and potential registrants when exact-match domain name registrations are made.
The Trademark Clearinghouse is currently open and trademarks can be submitted for validation.
Yes. MarkMonitor is providing full-service Trademark Clearinghouse Services to streamline the process of collecting, entering and submitting required trademark data to the Trademark Clearinghouse. In addition, the Trademark Clearinghouse Services also capture and manage all Sunrise codes (SMD files) to enable future Sunrise registrations as new gTLD Registries launch beginning later this year.
Yes. The Trademark Clearinghouse will notify rights owners when a domain matching a trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse is registered.
URS is meant to provide a fast, low-cost alternative to the UDRP for the suspension of clearly infringing domains.
PDDRP is a rights protection mechanism for trademark holders where they may take any infringement concerns straight to the Registry if they feel that the Registry is acting in bad faith.
RRDRP is designed to address post delegation concerns. It allows complainants to assert that the Registry operator has not complied with its stated registration restrictions.
Yes. MarkMonitor Brand Protection™ identifies infringement across all new gTLDs.