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Trademark Clearinghouse to get tested out on three existing TLDs

Kevin Murphy, April 6, 2013, 00:22:39 (UTC), Domain Services

Three already-live TLDs are going to use the Trademark Clearinghouse to handle sunrise periods, possibly before the first new gTLDs launch.

BRS Media is set to use the TMCH, albeit indirectly, in its launch of third-level domains under .radio.am and .radio.fm, which it plans to launch soon as a budget alternative to .am and .fm.

The company has hired TM.Biz, the trademark validation firm affiliated with EnCirca, to handle its sunrise, and TM.biz says it will allow brand owners to leverage Clearinghouse records.

Trademark owners will be able to submit raw trademarks for validation as in previous sunrises, but TM.Biz will also allow them to submit Signed Mark Data (SMD) files, if they have them, instead.

Encrypted SMD files are created by the TMCH after validation, so the trademarks and the strings they represent are pre-validated.

There’ll presumably be some cost benefit of using SMD files, but pricing has not yet been disclosed.

Separately, Employ Media said today that it’s getting ready to enter the final stage of its .jobs liberalization, opening up the gTLD to essentially any string and essentially any registrant.

The company will also use the TMCH for its sunrise period, according to an ICANN press release, though the full details and timing have not yet been announced.

Unusually, .jobs is a gTLD that hasn’t already had a sunrise — its original business model only allowed vetted company-name registrations.

The TMCH is already accepting submissions from trademark owners, but it’s not yet integrated with registries and registrars.

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Comments (4)

  1. Joseph says:

    Yawn. Wake me up after the gtld’s all fail.

  2. Joe says:

    Gotta wonder if TM.biz will be accessing TMCH records by official means, or if they’ll simply be harvesting it in some way.

  3. Tom Barrett says:

    Hey Joe,

    The way the TMCH is supposed to work is the TMCH issues a sunrise token to the trademark owner called the Signed-Mark-Data (SMD) file.

    The trademark owner then simply provides this file to any registrar to participate in a sunrise period.

    So, any existing TD should be able to utilize these SMD files, including any existing ccTLD that runs to run a Sunrise Period.

    The unknown at this point is when the TMCH will be able to issue these SMD files to trademark owners.

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