To check if anyone has applied for a gTLD which is the same or similar to any of your company’s brand names or trade marks, click here.
For background about the gTLD process and new gTLDs, click here or here.
ICANN has put in place several procedures to protect owners of brands or trade marks. For example, if you have concerns that an applied-for gTLD may infringe your company’s rights, you can:
If anyone has applied for a gTLD which is the same or similar to any of your company’s brand names or trade marks, you can lodge an objection on the basis that the gTLD will:
Once a gTLD is allocated, its operator will be able to on-sell domain names but will also be required by ICANN to implement new rights protection mechanisms. These will rely on a centralised database of brands and trade marks known as the “Trademark Clearinghouse”, on which trade mark owners will soon be able to register their trade marks for a (yet-to-be-determined) fee.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the gTLD process, or your company’s rights, please contact one of our key contacts, or any other friendly member of our intellectual property team.