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Trademark Clearinghouse Documents

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 24 September 2012
Comment Close: 15 October 2012
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: 16 October 2012 To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close: 7 November 2012 View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 UTC Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff
Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains
Purpose (Brief):

The Trademark Clearinghouse facilitates the protection of trademark rights during the initial allocation and registration periods for domain names in new generic top level domains (new gTLDs). Starting with the first round expected to be coming online late in 2013, all new gTLD registries will be required to use Clearinghouse data to ensure that a set of mandatory trademark rights protection mechanisms are applied to all new domain registrations occurring in at least the first 90 days of domain registration.

The documents for comment present the development work done on these Clearinghouse procedures and are now provided for community review and comment. Two explanatory memoranda are posted for a 45-day public comment period:

  1. Implementing Matching Rules [PDF, 194 KB]
  2. Implementing Proof of Use Verification [PDF, 176 KB]
Current Status: These memos provide Trademark Clearinghouse implementation details as currently developed.
Next Steps: Comments will be summarized and analyzed, and revisions to the relevant procedures may be considered based on the feedback received.
Staff Contact: Karen Lentz Email: karen.lentz@icann.org
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

The Trademark Clearinghouse facilitates the protection of trademark rights during the initial allocation and registration periods for domain names in new generic top level domains (new gTLDs). Starting with the first round expected to be coming online late in 2013, all new gTLD registries will be required to use Clearinghouse data to ensure that a set of mandatory trademark rights protection mechanisms are applied to all new domain registrations occurring in at least the first 90 days of domain registration.

The documents for comment describe the development work done on Clearinghouse procedures and are now provided for community review and comment.
Two explanatory memoranda are posted for a 45-day public comment period:

  1. Implementing Matching Rules [PDF, 194 KB]
  2. Implementing Proof of Use Verification [PDF, 176 KB]
Section II: Background

With the launch of the New generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Program, Internet users will see many new gTLDs enter the domain name system. Operators of new gTLDs will be responsible for implementing certain rights protection mechanisms, supported by the Trademark Clearinghouse.

The Trademark Clearinghouse is one of several important enhanced rights protection mechanisms that have been built into the new gTLD program. The Trademark Clearinghouse will accept and authenticate rights information, and will support both trademark claims and sunrise services, required in all new gTLDs. The Clearinghouse is expected to play an important role in the launch of the New gTLD Program and in ensuring ongoing protection of trademark rights.

Section III: Document and Resource Links
http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse
Section IV: Additional Information
 

(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."