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Participate Now in the Sunrise and Trademark Claims Survey

GNSO RPM PDP Working Group | Help Us Review Sunrise & Trademark Claims: Make Your Voice Heard

LOS ANGELES - 06 September 2018 - The Sunrise and Trademark Claims survey is now available for individuals interested in sharing their feedback about these Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs). The Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs were adopted as part of ICANN's New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program. This feedback will be essential to the evaluation of these Rights Protection Mechanisms and ICANN's data collection efforts related to them.

We invite you to take the survey if you or your company registered a domain name in new gTLDs, attempted to register a domain name in new gTLDs, or considered registering a domain name in new gTLDs.

Thank you in advance for your input!

What to Expect

Participants' responses are voluntary and will remain anonymous and confidential.

Survey completion time is approximately 15 minutes.

The survey launches today and will run until Friday, 28 September 2018.

Registries, registrars, and trademark owners and representatives also have an opportunity to participate in the survey. Learn More


The ICANN Organization commissioned Analysis Group, Inc., an external consulting firm, to develop and administer the survey in close collaboration with the Review of All RPMs for All gTLDs Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). The RPMs PDP Working Group is mandated to conduct the first-ever policy review of all existing RPMs.

RPMs refer to policies and processes developed to provide workable mechanisms for trademark owners to either prevent or remedy certain unauthorized use of their trademarks in the Domain Name System (DNS).

Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs are services provided through ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The Sunrise service provides priority access to rights holders to request domain names associated with their trademark(s). The Trademark Claims service provides notification to the rights holder after registration, allowing for immediate action if the domain registered is infringing rights. As Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs have not been subject to a policy review before, no comprehensive, publicly available data exists that measures the mechanisms' effectiveness.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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