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TMCH sends out 17,500 Trademark Claims notices in a month

Kevin Murphy, March 3, 2014, 14:47:11 (UTC), Domain Services

Wow.

Just four weeks after the first new gTLDs went into general availability, the Trademark Clearinghouse has already sent out over 17,500 Trademark Claims notices to trademark owners.

A Claims notice is a warning that is generated whenever somebody registers a domain name that exactly matches a trademark listed in the TMCH’s database.

The 17,500 number refers to post-registration notices sent to trademark owners, not pre-registration warnings delivered to would-be registrants.

Considering that there are somewhere in the region of 180,000 domain names in new gTLDs today, 17,500 represents a surprisingly high percentage of the market (high single figures).

Of course, not all of these will be due to cybersquatting attempts.

There are plenty of marks in the TMCH that are acronyms or dictionary words, either because they match a genuine brand or because somebody obtained trademarks on generic terms in order to game sunrise periods.

I’d count those as false positives, personally, but it’s impossible to know without access to TMCH data how many of the 17,500 alerts delivered to date can be accounted for in that way.

There are 26,802 marks in the TMCH, according to the company.

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Comments (3)

  1. I believe that 95% or more of these alerts are not cybersquatting attempts.

    Also that “somebody” is not the only one. Marcaria.com is running a trademark shop where you can get a trademark on anything.
    You can even get a trademark on “Car Insurance” for bullets.

  2. Andrew says:

    Would that also include when the actual trademark holder registers the domain names in G.A.?

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