Should I register my trademark in the new ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse?
The countdown to a whole new universe of web extensions is underway. From the Summer of 2013, hundreds of new top level domains, or gTLD’s, will begin to appear in the online space, resulting in a whole universe of new domains. But while the new extensions offer many exciting opportunities for businesses online, brand owners also need peace of mind that their trademark is protected within this new universe. For this reason, ICANN, the organization that oversees domain names on the internet, has created the Trademark Clearinghouse. This is a centralized database of validated trademarks operated by world- class providers Deloitte and IBM. The Trademark Clearinghouse is the only authorized and universal means of a brand owner protecting their trademarks during the launch and take-off periods of every new gTLD.