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Almost 15,000 trademarks registered in TMCH

Kevin Murphy, November 4, 2013, 14:26:44 (UTC), Domain Services

The new gTLD program’s Trademark Clearinghouse has almost 15,000 trademarks registered, according to a spokesperson.

We’re told today that there’s an average of about two labels for each registered mark, and that about half of all the marks have been registered for multiple years.

The TMCH offers registrations for one, three or five years.

Trademarks in non-Latin scripts currently account for just 3% (so roughly 450) of the registrations, which may be a cause for concern given that IDNs gTLDs will be many of the first to launch Sunrise periods.

The TMCH spokesperson added that registrations of “previously abused labels”, under what we used to call the Trademark+50 policy, are currently “low” because the service was only recently launched.

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Comments (6)

  1. Wonder how many of those are direct registrations and how many came through the registered agents.

  2. ChuckWagen says:

    What Rosemary just said times infinity.

  3. TMCH submissions should pick up when the more popular TLDs launch. TLDs like .africa will also introduce their own TMCH like service to supplement the TMCH such as providing priority to companies names. This may also impact TMCH submissions.

    • Rubens Kuhl says:

      The possibility of alternative TMCH is something ICANN killed during the RPM implementation discussions. It was technically feasible all the way, and they ended up doing the only way that makes this goes against policy.

      .africa is not the only TLD pursuing such an alternative RPM and I hope they find a way, but the way I see it, ICANN shut the door on their faces.

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