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Trademark owners who have registered their trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse for new gTLDs have already received more than 17,500 individual notices, regarding potential cyber-squatting on their brand in the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) name space. The TMCH, a central repository of trademarks, enables trademark holders to register domains in Trademark Sunrise, but it also warns TM holders if someone  registers a domain name that exactly matches their TMCH registration. These domain registrations may or may not infringe on a trademark, but the TMCH notification process is designed to keep brand holders aware of potential infringements. The trademark holder can then take appropriate action (i.e., C&D letter, URS, UDRP, or no action). More than 26,000 trademarks have been registered in the TMCH. If you have not registered your trademark(s) in the TMCH, it is not too late.

If you have any questions about the TMCH or new gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313  (nasales@safenames.net).

Four new gTLDs, .pink, .red, .kim, and .shiksha, are now in Trademark Sunrise, and two more (.blue, and .移动, the Chinese IDN for .mobile) will enter TM Sunrise on March 14, 2014. Registrations are being handled a bit differently for this launch. During all launch phases, including TM Sunrise, domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry.

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about the launch of these, or any other, new gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

Donuts definitely has momentum as they launch TM Sunrise for two new Donuts gTLDs–five more will enter TM Sunrise on March 18, 2014. The TM Sunrise period is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s). If you want to protect your brand(s) within specific markets, registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs), is the best way to optimize your naming strategy.

  • Trademark Sunrise for .foundation and exposed :: Currently open and will remain open through May 10, 2014
  • Trademark Sunrise for .villas, .flights, .rentals, .cruises, and .vacations :: Scheduled to open March 18, 2014 and remain open through May 17, 2014

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about the launch of these or any other new Donuts gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

Five new gTLDs, .christmas, .blackfriday, .onl, .中文网 (.website), and .在线 (.online), are now in Trademark Sunrise–the latter two are IDNs. The TM Sunrise period is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s).

Sunrise ends for .Christmas and .blackfriday on May 2, for .onl on March 15, and for .中文网 (.website) and .在线 (.online) on March 17, 2014.

If you have any questions about the launch of these New gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

The Trademark Sunrise period for .wiki is now open and Landrush is scheduled to open on May 8, 2014. The Trademark Sunrise period for .xyz will open on March 20, 2014 and Landrush will open on May 20, 2014. The TM Sunrise period is specifically for TM holders to register domains that are the exact match to the existing corresponding trademark(s). It is also important to note that only TM holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for this new domain extensions.

If you have any questions about the launch of .wiki or .xyz, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

The registry for .MO domains, MONIC, recently announced that they now support Internationalized Domains (IDNs) for “.mo” in both Chinese and Portuguese characters (i.e., you are now able to register “IDN.mo”). Now through April 10, 2014, trademark and patent holders may apply for domains (more specifically, IDNs) that are the exact match of an existing corresponding trademark and/or patent. Existing TM/Patent must have been previously registered within the Macao SAR. Additionally, beginning April 11, 2014, those who already have a “com.mo” domain that was registered on or before January 20, 2014, may apply for the exact match “.mo” IDN–so if you already have “trademarkname.com.mo” for your brand, you are now able to register that exact domain, translated to ”IDN.mo”.

Why register IDNs? Having domain names ‘in language’ makes it exponentially easier for people in a that country to find you, and ultimately engage to do business with you. If you conduct business in a particular country, registering additional domains, specifically ccTLDs–and when possible, IDNs–is the best way to strengthen your naming strategy.

If you have any questions about this launch please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

 

 

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