Frequently Asked Questions

In order to trigger the automated status change for mark records in non-latin script in the OT&E interface, you can use the following number codes.

  • valid (1000)
  • invalid (2000)
  • incorrect (3000)

for Mark Records, POU, UDRP Cases and Labels.

The number codes can also be used for mark records in latin script, but the original triggers will also work. Please refer to the OT&E documentation, in the download section, for more detailed information.

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Total votes: 150

Poll messages are not stored on in the poll queue indefinitely,  depending on the age and  type of messages they will be removed from the poll queue and sent via mail to  the e-mail address linked to your account. This is a safety mechanism to ensure our API users are kept informed  of changes to their mark records and notifications, should there be an issue with connecting to the API interface.

Poll messages for API users are converted to e-mails under these circumstances:

  • At 12PM UTC an automated job runs that will check if you have any poll message in your queue older than 12 hours . If so the old poll  messages will be removed and sent via e-mail.
  • Every hour an automated job runs that will check if you have poll messages related to prepayment watermark levels that are older than 12 hours. If so they will be removed from the poll queue and sent via e-mail.
  • Every 4 hours a job will check for Claims or Sunrise notifications (NORDNs) that are older than 1h. They will be removed from the poll queue and sent via e-mail, conform ICANN requirements.
Total votes: 196

If you previously connected to API v1, to connect to the API v2 only 2 modifications are needed, if you already have a working client for the API v1:

Port number:

In order to access the API v2 you will need to adjust the port number you connect to: "91.198.126.138:7701" using TCP/TLS. The IP address in the example is that of the OT&E environment.

Header

In order to successfully communicate with the API v2 you will need to change 1 section of the header. For API v1 the header mentions "tmch-1.0", to connect to the API v2 this text needs to be changed to "tmch-1.1" By making these small changes you will already be able to connect to the API v2 and make use of the enhancements. Please be aware that if you would like to submit Abused Domain Name Labels via the API v2 further modifications are necessary. For a detailed overview of the API v2 please refer to: TMCH API2 Documentation & XSD

Total votes: 579

Next to all the functionalities API v1 offers, API v2 also provides:

  • The possibility to enter Abused domain name labels via the API;
  • The possibility to view the global POU status via the INFO command;
  • The possibility to view document comments via the INFO command;
  • Your pre-payment amount and status points will be displayed in the response your receive after creating a mark record;
  • The number of pending poll commands will be displayed in the responses your receive from the API;
  • User friendly error messages.
Total votes: 590

Yes. You can submit Abused Domain Name Labels via the API v2.

 

Total votes: 1202

After your account has been verified and you have received both your credentials, for the Production and OT&E environment, you need to whitelist your IP address in order to access the environments.

The procedure is the same for Production and OT&E but must be performed on both environments:

  • Sign in to the environment where you wish to add or update the IP address;
  • Select "Submit Mark";
  • Select "My Account";
  • Select "API settings";
  • Enter the IP address you wish to whitelist (IPv4);
  • Select "Update API Settings".

Please note that it may take up to 30 minutes before the IP address is whitelisted.

 

Total votes: 1437

The detailed commands to execute the CREATE command can be found in the API documentation in the download section of our website.

Additionally if you want to add and IDN label you will need to convert this label to puny code and use the aLabel(s) in the CREATE command, uLabel is not permitted and will be automatically generated based on the aLabel.

Total votes: 1482

The detailed commands to execute the CREATE command can be found in the API documentation in the download section of our website.

Additionally if you want to create a Trademark record with a one or multiple labels attached you will need to use the aLabel(s) in the CREATE command, uLabel is not permitted and will be automatically generated based on the aLabel.

Total votes: 1500

Please be aware that changes to mark records (other than uploading a Proof of Use document or adding/removing labels) are only possible when the mark record has been assigned status incorrect.

To update the name of a mark you need to follow the next steps in the exact order, in separate commands:

  • Update the name of the Mark (and other fields if necessary)

After executing the command to change the name of the Mark the existing labels attached to the Mark record will be automatically removed. (Notice : this is not an action, it is done automatically)

  • Add the labels you want, if any, to the Mark record (if you do not perform this step no labels will be attached to the Mark record)

The number of labels you can attach to the Mark record is either the number of labels originally attached to the Mark record or 10 labels, whichever number is biggest. Keep in mind adding labels is not possible when a Mark Record is being verified or when it is expired.

Total votes: 1431

In the API class 46 stands for "Not Applicable". If you have a registered trademark where a NICE class does not apply you can use class 46 to indicate this.

Total votes: 1447

Yes you can add new documents of the same type to trademark records if the mark has status incorrect.

Total votes: 1464

Please be aware that the SMD Inclusion flag can only be set when a Proof of Use document has been uploaded (this can be done at any time except if the Mark record is being verified or is expired).

When enabling or disabling the smdInclusion flag(s) you need to follow the next steps in the exact order, in separate commands:

 

  • Remove the label(s);
  • Add the label(s) again with the smdInclusion flags enabled or disabled.

More specifically, to do this please send an update command with a <rem> section to delete the specific label(s) followed by an update <add> command to add the label(s) again with the appropriate flags set.

 

This procedure is relevant for the API v1. For the API v2 a simple update command can be used.

Total votes: 1550

There is currently a limit of 2 connections from the whitelisted IP address linked to your account, on the production and OT&E environment.

 

Total votes: 1544

If a validator added a comment to your mark record, you will be able to retrieve it via the INFO command.

Total votes: 1366

Yes. We request the e-mail address of the trademark holder as a precautionary step as stated in the Clearinghouse Guidelines. Deloitte preserves to right to check this e-mail address’.

Total votes: 1434

On the test environment the ID should start with a unique ID formatted in 6 digits left padded with zeros, followed by a string of digits (up to 54 digits) and ending in “-1”. To retrieve this unique ID you will need to use the create command with a random ID and the subsequent error message will tell you the correct format.

 

On the production environment the ID should start with the provided User-id (without the "u" )formatted in 6 digits left padded with zeros, followed by a string of digits (up to 54 digits) and ending in “-1”.

 

Total votes: 1463

A url to generate labels for registered trademarks can be found below:

For marks protected under statute or treaty and court validated marks can be found below:

For example: https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com/tmch/public/labels?name=test@test&country=US will generate:

  • testtest
  • test-test
  • testattest

If your trademark contains an IDN character you will have to enter the puny code version of the label in the API create commands. You can use the following url in order get a preview of the puny code versions labels that would be accepted for a trademark:

A url to generate labels for registered trademarks can be found below:

For marks protected under statute or treaty and court validated marks can be found below:

For example: https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com/tmch/public/labels?name=tést@test&country=US&enc=a will generate:

  • xn--tsttest-bya
  • xn--tst-test-b1a
  • xn--tstattest-b4a

 

*Fields <trademark name>, <jurisdiction> and <country> must be filled in by the users (omitting the “<” and “>”). For a list of jurisdictions and country codes please refer to the API documentation Annexes available on our websites download section.

Total votes: 1375

The actual code for the polling commands can be found in the API documentation available in the download section of our website.

 

Polling will allow you to receive and acknowledge messages regarding the following events:

  • Notifications on changes;
  • Notifications on claims;
  • Notifications on SMD creation;
  • Additional: watermark messages.

Notifications contain the following elements:

 

  • A counter that shows how many poll messages are in your queue;
  • The ID of the current message (the message that is displayed);
  • The POLL messages, each preceded by the message type unique identifier:
    • 102 Proof of use (POU) is expire
    • 103 Proof of use (POU) has been verified and approved
    • 104 Proof of use (POU) has not been approved and invalidated
    • 105 Proof of use (POU) is not approved. Further attention needed
    • 123 Mark has been verified and approved
    • 124 Mark is not approved. Further attention needed
    • 126 Mark has not been approved and invalidate
    • 127 Mark has not been corrected within 20 days and invalidated.
    • 134 Exception : validator still needs more info to approve mark
    • 137 Mark expired
    • 146 Correction period expired
    • 154 Exception : user request to re-edit after changes
    • 164 Exception : mark can be re-edited
    • 190 POU will expire soon
    • 191 Mark registration will expire soon
    • 196 Warning : Mark about to be invalidated due to INCORRECT status time-out
    • 197 Mark will expire soon
    • 198 Mark has been deactivated
    • 199 Mark transferred out/SMD has been revoked
    • 210 The domain name [$dn] was registered during sunrise
    • 220 The domain name [$dn] was registered during claims period
    • 230 The domain name [$dn] has been registered
    • 240 The domain name [$dn] has been registered in the Qualified Launch Program
    • 310 SMD has been created
    • 320 SMD has been regenerated
    • 330 SMD has been revoked
    • 400 Account status has gone below watermark level ($level)
    • 500 UDRP/Court case status change
       
  • The ID of the Trademark Record the poll message is referring to;
  • The name of the Mark Record the poll message is referring to.

 

If the current poll message has been processed you will need to send an acknowledgement, in the acknowledgement command you will need to use the ID of the current message, in order to de-queue the message and receive the next message.

 

In addition to the above mentioned notifications, a poll request can also provide you with a “watermark” message, if your pre-paid amount has gone below $1000.

Watermark messages contain the following elements:

 

  • A counter that shows how many poll messages are in your queue;
  • The ID of the current message (the message that is displayed);
  • A message preceded by the message type unique identifier: “400 Account status has gone below watermark level”

 

You will also have to de-queue this message with an acknowledgement command in order receive the next message.

Polling is available on the production and OT&E environments.

In addition ti this the API v2 also automatically adds the number of poll messages pending in the responses the API sends out.

 

Total votes: 1598

Access to the test (OT&E) environment for the API is possible once you are a registered Trademark Agent.

After your account has been verified you will receive an e-mail containing your OT&E credentials and the URL's necessary to access the OT&E web interface and OT&E API interface.

For a detailed manual on how to use the OT&E environment please refer to our downloads section.

Total votes: 1415

The test environment for the API is available for registered Trademark Agents. Once your account has been verified you will receive an e-mail with your credentials and connection information for the test environment.

Total votes: 1433

Please see the API documentation in our Download section for more information on how document needs to be sent through the API.

Total votes: 1416

An automated interface, to create, view and update mark records is available to agents, the latest version of the Automated Interface XSD scheme is available in our Download section

Total votes: 1477

The Qualified Launch Program is intended to provide a mechanism for Registry Operators to register a limited number of names to third parties to promote their TLDs prior to the Sunrise Period, while maintaining safeguards against intellectual property infringement.

According to the QLP Addendum, if a domain name matches a label in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), the domain name may be registered to a Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holder, as defined in the TMCH Requirements. If a domain name does not match a label in the Trademark Clearinghouse, the domain name may be registered in a Qualified Launch Program to any third party.

For more information please refer to the ICANN website:

 

 

Total votes: 116

billing (13)

All prices are in USD. All payments, either by credit card or wire transfer, should be done in USD. In case wire transfers are send to our bank accounts in another currency, this will be converted to USD at the expense of the sender.

Total votes: 1507

CHIP S.A. is subject to the Luxembourg VAT regulations. We therefore have to charge VAT:

Total votes: 1517

The Clearinghouse only accepts payments by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Amex) from Trademark Holders. Trademark Agents or Trademark Holders who have registered for a Prepayment account pay by wire transfer.

Total votes: 1350

We are limited to billing and accepting payments in USD only.

Total votes: 1313

The fee the Clearinghouse charges, is for recording your trademark in the TMCH. If you wish to participate in a Sunrise of a TLD, there will likely be an additional cost to actually register your domain name in that TLD. This cost is not determined by the Clearinghouse but  depends on the commercial model of the specific TLD. The Clearinghouse can not register actual domain names, you will need to contact a domain name registrar.

Total votes: 1333

Since you will be charged per trademark record you submitted regardless of the final decision taken by the verification agents of the Clearinghouse, you will be charged even if your trademark record is deemed invalid.

Total votes: 1230

You will have the possibility to correct errors free of charge one time. You will be notified by the verification agents of the Clearinghouse should the information you submitted be incorrect. You can provide a correction within a time limit of twenty (20) business days. Only if the information is still incorrect after this first correction, or if you have failed to correct the information within twenty (20) business days, your trademark record will be deactivated.

Total votes: 1306

There will be no additional fee when you submit proof of use at a later stage.

Total votes: 1168

The TMCH interface will allow you to register up to 10 trademarks in a single transaction. An invoice will be generated per transaction. If you want to split registrations over multiple transactions, you will need to adjust the number of registrations that you are making within a single transaction.

Total votes: 1168

The first 10 domain name labels, generated using the matching rules, are included in the price of the registration. The fee for each additional domain name label (above 10) that a Trademark Holder chooses to link to a Trademark Record, varies based on the duration of the registration. For a 1-Year registration, the price is $1, for a 3-Year registration $3 and for a 5-Year registration $5.

Total votes: 1202

The discount fee structure is available to Trademark Holders and Trademark Agents, and provides for step-based pricing discounts based on volume and the number of years that the Trademark is being registered for.  In order to be eligible for the Advanced Fee Structure, Trademark Holders and Trademark Agents must establish a Prepayment Account.

Total votes: 1143

There are no extra fees for opting in or out of Sunrise services or trademark Claims notifications.

Total votes: 1218

All transaction and potential currency conversion costs associated with the wire transfer will be borne by the Trademark Agent or Holder, as applicable. In case the amount received by Trademark Clearinghouse is different from the amount specified on the pro-forma invoice, i.e. because of transaction costs (e.g. all costs related to any transaction, meaning wire transfer costs and/or costs related to the conversion from another currency to USD) charged to the Trademark Clearinghouse, the “advance payment invoice” will mention the amount that was actually received by the Trademark Clearinghouse. The invoice will mention the transaction costs that were applied on the wire transfer.

Total votes: 1260

contact (4)

The expected response time will vary depending on the number of customer support tickets submitted at the same time and the type and the gravity of issue submitted. It can take up to 10 days.

Total votes: 615

Deloitte will perform the verification services related to verification of the correctness and completeness of the submitted Trademark Record information (the assessment of whether the Trademark meets the eligibility requirements as stated by the Trademark Clearinghouse). Deloitte will also provide the Clearinghouse User Interface. IBM is the provider of the central database in which all the trademark information will be stored.

Total votes: 1198

If your question is not listed in the FAQ, you can contact our support service using the Clearinghouse web interface (if you are a registered user). If you aren't a registered user yet, please use the contact form on our web site.

Total votes: 1150

All invoices from the Trademark Clearinghouse are issued by CHIP S.A. with registered address at 2, Rue Jean Fischbach / Z.I. Am Bann, 3372 Leudelange in Luxembourg (Commercial Registration Number B170388 and VAT LU 25955733).

Be careful !  We only issue electronic invoices, that are stored in your profile. Never pay any invoices that are send to you by postal mail, as they could be fraudulent.

 

Total votes: 1227

This message has been sent to you to draw your attention to the fact that one of your trademark has been marked as incorrect. In order to find out why your trademark was marked incorrect, please go to your account first. You then need to click on your mark in the mark tab. The reason why your mark was marked as incorrect can be found in the field "COMMENT" in the bottom of the page. If you wish to correct your trademark record you can find how to do this on our website.

Total votes: 241

The reason why you cannot correct the mark is likely because this mark has been marked as “invalid”. Indeed the correction process entitles you to correct or modify any information that was included in the original submission of such trademark record to the Clearinghouse for the first time after the verification agent has completed the verification services on the trademark record.  The correction process is however limited to one correction attempt per trademark record submission. If you fail to use this chance to correct your trademark record, the trademark record is then on invalid. If your record has been set to invalid but you still want to have this trademark record included in the Clearinghouse, you can always submit a new trademark record and pay again the related fees.

Your trademark could also still be under validation. This is indicated by the status “new”. In this case you will have to wait until the end of the verification process. The mark can then receive the status (1) verified which means that no further action will be requested from you (unless the proof of use is on incorrect), (2) incorrect which means that you will then be able to correct it and (3) invalid which means that you have already used your chance to correct it and are no longer able to correct it.

Total votes: 233

This can happen if you, for instance, have changed the name of your trademark. Indeed when the name of the mark is incorrect, you need to change the name of the mark and to add as well the labels manually. If you forget to do this, no labels will be generated. To add the labels manually, please read the HOW TO.

 

This can also happen if your mark is composed of mixed scripts. Indeed due to technical requirements imposed by ICANN, you must be aware that no labels will be generated for marks composed of mixed scripts. This means that while you might have a verified trademark, your SMD file will contain no labels and no trademark claims notifications will be sent to you as no labels will be attached to your trademark record.

 

Total votes: 428

No, you should only indicate in the field detailed description of goods and services goods and services for which your trademark is still protected. For instance, if your trademark is registered in the United States and there are goods and services that are indicated between square brackets you should omit those as these goods and services are no longer covered by the registration according to the USPTO.

Total votes: 395

In the field “DESCRIPTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES CLASS” you should select “NA”. You should however always provide the detailed description in the field “DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES”.

Total votes: 406

You should provide the detailed description of goods and services in the language of the trademark certificate. If you want to submit it in another language, you should provide a certified translation with the trademark record.

Total votes: 435

The verification agent provides a comment as to why your trademark record has been deemed incorrect. For more information, please read the manual “How to edit my trademark record” provided at http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/quick-reference.

Total votes: 939

Please note that no refunds are provided.

Total votes: 892

No, once your trademark is deemed invalid, you can no longer correct the trademark. Should you not agree with the decision, you can file a dispute (http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/dispute) or submit a new trademark record.

Total votes: 953

Please read the manual “ How to edit my trademark record” provided at http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/quick-reference.

Total votes: 880

You can correct the trademark record one time. If you fail to correct your trademark record, your trademark will be deemed invalid.

Total votes: 917

You will have twenty (20) calendar days to reply.

Total votes: 1071

You will be able to upload the signed declaration and the proof of use through the Clearinghouse User interface.

Total votes: 1082

The name of the trademark holder must be entered as "submitting party" in the "declaration of use".

Total votes: 1019

You have two choices: either use the Clearinghouse User Interface or use the Automated Interface (API)

Total votes: 1067

At this time, documentary evidence can be submitted in JPEG or PDF format only, using the Clearinghouse User Interface or Automated Interface. The size of each document can be up to 10 MB. Documents should be human-readable.

Total votes: 1102

Depending on your specific case, you will need to provide the Clearinghouse with some documents. For more information, please refer to the Clearinghouse Guidelines.

Total votes: 1097

All documents can be provided in PDF or JPG, with a maximum file size of 10 MB per document. The documents must be human-readable.

Total votes: 1139

general (21)

The TMCH is the only clearinghouse that has been developed by ICANN. If there are other providers that state that they are providing the same services as the TMCH, please provide us with this information by sending us an e-mail through the general inquiries form. Please be aware that that the TMCH is the only clearinghouse that connects with all registries. For more information please visit ICANN’s website: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse.

Total votes: 102

No. The Claims Period is the first 90 days of General Registration. A Limited Registration Period by definition is a registration period in which the Registry Operator has imposed additional registration restrictions beyond the registration policies for the TLD’s General Registration. Thus, a Limited Registration Period cannot occur at the same time as the Claims Period / General Registration.

Total votes: 304

A Limited Registration Period is any registration period between the end of the Sunrise Period and the start of General Registration. Thus, a Limited Registration Period must have some registration restriction that limits domain names from being generally available to all registrants that are qualified to register domain names within the TLD. Any registration during a Limited Registration Period must be subject to the Claims Services in the same manner as registrations registered or Allocated during the Claims Period.

Total votes: 237

For at least the first 90 days of General Registration, each TLD must provide the Claims Services. The Claims Services provide notice to potential domain name registrants that the domain they are seeking to register matches a label in the Trademark Clearinghouse. If the registrant decides to register the domain name, the Trademark Clearinghouse will notify the applicable trademark holder of the domain name registration.

Total votes: 263

Yes. A Registry Operator may not process registrations of domain names during a Sunrise Period unless the registration is accompanied by a valid Signed Mark Data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 302

Yes, a Sunrise Period is required for every new gTLD.

Total votes: 274

Every Wednesday an automated e-mail will be sent out to Holder & agent accounts (application user e-mail address), in order to inform them of status changes to their mark records.

The e-mail will contain the mark name, mark handle and appropriate message relating to the status change: <Mark name>/<Mark handle> : <Message>.

The following messages are possible:

  • Mark has been verified and approved;
  • Mark is not approved. Further attention needed;
  • Mark has not been approved and invalidated;

If the status change is related to a dispute, the message will be preceded by "Exception".

If agents use the API polling mechanism a status change message will be deleted after acknowledging the related poll message, therefore if API polling is used a mail will not be sent out.

If there are more than 25 messages, regarding Mark record status changes, pending at any time, a separate e-mail will be sent out.

Total votes: 1080

Sunrise services allow trademark holders an advance opportunity to register domain names corresponding to their marks before names are generally available to the public. New gTLD registries are required to offer a Sunrise period for at least 30 days.

The Trademark Claims period follows the Sunrise period and runs for at least the first 90 days of an initial operating period of general registration. During the Trademark Claims period, anyone attempting to register a domain name matching a mark that is recorded in the Trademark Clearinghouse will receive a notification displaying the relevant mark information.

If the notified party goes ahead and registers the domain name, the Trademark Clearinghouse will send a notice to those trademark holders with matching records in the Clearinghouse, informing them that someone has registered the domain name.

Total votes: 1178

Recording trademarks within the Clearinghouse will help companies protect their brands in two ways: with a Sunrise Service and a Trademark Claims Service.

  1. Sunrise is an initial period of at least 30 days before domain names are offered to the general public. Trademark owners can take advantage of the Sunrise to safeguard the domain name that matches their trademark. A Sunrise Period is mandatory for all new gTLDs and having a validated trademark entry in the Clearinghouse is the minimum requirement to participate in this limited pre-registration period. So, to be prepared for “the biggest Sunrise ever”, you must make sure that you enter any trademark that needs protection into the Clearinghouse.
  2. The Trademark Claims service follows the Sunrise. It is a notification service – mandated by ICANN for all new gTLDs – to warn both domain name registrants as well as trademark holders of possible infringements.

The service works as follows:

  • Potential domain name registrants receive a warning notice when attempting to register a domain name that matches a trademark term in the TMCH.
  • If, after receiving and accepting the notice, the domain name registrant does continue to register the domain name, the trademark holder with a corresponding mark will receive notification of the domain name registration, so they can take any appropriate action if should they so desire.
Total votes: 1086

Domain names themselves cannot be registered with the Clearinghouse directly. You will need to contact a domain name registrar to register domain names for you.

Total votes: 1073

According to the Applicant Guidebook, the Sunrise period will occur during the pre-launch phase whereas the Trademark Claims period will occur during the initial launch period of a new gTLD. Chronologically speaking, the sunrise period will occur before the trademark claims period.

Total votes: 1071

No, a Trademark Holder can record as many Trademarks Records as he/she wants within the Clearinghouse without having to pass through a Trademark Agent. The only limit - as to the number of Trademark records a Trademark Holder can submit -  is the number of trademarks records submitted per credit card transaction. The limit is ten (10) trademark recordings per credit card transaction.

The Trademark Holder can submit more than ten (10) trademark records provided that he/she does so in another credit card transaction. The Trademark Holder can also decide to opt for a Prepayment Account instead of the payment per credit card. You can find more information about the payment options available in the Fee Structure Summary available in the Download section.

Total votes: 1136

Yes, all interactions with the Clearinghouse will be done through the Clearinghouse User Interface, or the Automated Interface if applicable. In addition only electronically submitted documents will be accepted.

Total votes: 1008

There is no closing date foreseen.

Total votes: 970

The term “domain name” is a name consisting of two or more levels, such as, for instance, “trademark-clearinghouse.com”. A label is a part of a domain name, such as, for instance, “trademark-clearinghouse” from the domain name “trademark-clearinghouse.com”.

Total votes: 1033

The Clearinghouse went live on March 26 2013.

Total votes: 1092

As a registered user, you will have access to the full web interface and can check out all the pages and features. Once you have actually submitted a trademark registration and have paid for it, the order is considered final.

As a registered agent you will also have access to an API OT&E environment, please refer to our downloads section for a detailed manual of this environment.

Total votes: 1002

The online web-application that will be made available through www.trademark-clearinghouse.com that enables you to, among other things, (i) create and manage your account with us, and (ii) submit Trademark Records in order to receive the Verification Services.

Total votes: 938

The Trademark Clearinghouse consists of two primary functions: (i) the authentication of contact information and verification of Trademark Records (see glossary) and (ii) the storage of such Trademark Records in a database in order to provide information to the new gTLD registries to support the providing of Notification of Registered Name (NORN).

 

Whereas Deloitte has been appointed by ICANN to provide the Clearinghouse Verification Services, a part of the Trademark Clearinghouse: the central repository for verified brands for the purpose of protecting brands in ICANN’s new gTLD program.

Total votes: 947

Please consult our Glossary page to learn what all of the acronyms mean. If you hover over an acronym with a blue line underneath, you should also see the definition.

Total votes: 970

invoicing (6)

The TMCH interface will allow you to register up to 10 trademarks in a single transaction. An invoice will be generated per transaction. If you want to split registrations over multiple transactions, you will need to adjust the number of registrations that you are making within a single transaction.

Total votes: 1168

The Clearinghouse does not use postal mail, so it is likely that this is fraudulent. Please consult your profile page only to view and download invoices.

Total votes: 946

The Clearinghouse sends out a notification by e-mail each time an invoice is generated. If you haven't received a notification, please check your spam folder. In any case, you can always access and print your electronic invoices by going to "My Account" in the web interface. The Clearinghouse does not send paper invoices, so be cautious when you receive one as it could be fraudulent.

Total votes: 911

You can always access and print your electronic invoices by going to "My Account" in the web interface. The Clearinghouse does not send paper invoices, so be cautious when you receive one as it could be fraudulent.

Total votes: 841

Invoices are generated automatically and can at all times be downloaded by clicking on 'My Profile' in the web interface. The Clearinghouse also sends out a notification e-mail each time an invoice is generated, so if you didn't receive it, it is best to check your spam folder in your e-mail client.

Total votes: 849

Invoices are stored as PDF and can be downloaded and printed using our interface. We do not send any paper invoices.

Total votes: 889

By executing the following steps you will be able to transfer a Mark Record to a Trademark Agent:

  • For a Trademark Agent or Trademark Holder that wishes to transfer their Mark Record:
  • Navigate to the TMCH portal: https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com/tmch/public/ and sign in to the TMCH web interface;
  • In the mark overview open the verified mark record you wish to transfer;
  • Under the status field you will see a button "send transfer code";
  • Click on "send transfer code", a pop up will show you the transfer code (we strongly suggest you copy this code), after clicking "ok" an e-mail will also be sent to the e-mail address linked to the mark record, providing the holder with the transfer code. If you select "cancel" the transfer will not proceed;
  • After you have the transfer code, you can provide this code to the new Trademark Agent and the transfer can be executed;
  • The transfer code will be active for 14 days, after this period you can request a new transfer code by following the same process as described above.

 

Total votes: 71

By executing the following steps you will be able to transfer a Mark Record to a Trademark Agent:

  • For the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent that wishes to transfer their Mark Record:
  • Download the SMD file linked to the Mark Record;
  • Navigate to the TMCH portal: https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com/tmch/public/;
  • Click on the link to start the Mark Transfer process (last paragraph of the welcome text);
  • Upload your SMD file;
  • An e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address linked to the SMD file with a "Transfer Code";
  • Provide this "Transfer Code" to the Trademark Agent of your choice.
  • For the Trademark Agent that you provided with your "transfer code":
  • Sign in to the TMCH web interface;
  • Click on "Execute a Transfer";
  • Enter the "Transfer Code" you received from the previous Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent;
  • Your account will be charged for $30 and the Mark Record will be transferred to your account.

 

 

Total votes: 283

In order to start transferring Mark Records certain requirements must be met:

 

Total votes: 266

This message has been sent to you to draw your attention to the fact that one of your trademark has been marked as incorrect. In order to find out why your trademark was marked incorrect, please go to your account first. You then need to click on your mark in the mark tab. The reason why your mark was marked as incorrect can be found in the field "COMMENT" in the bottom of the page. If you wish to correct your trademark record you can find how to do this on our website.

Total votes: 241

While you are allowed to submit a trademark whose name is composed of different scripts (such as for instance Latin and Chinese characters), due to technical requirements imposed by ICANN, you must be aware that no labels will be generated. This means that while you might have a verified trademark, your SMD file will contain no labels and no trademark claims notifications will be sent to you as no labels will be attached to your trademark record.

Total votes: 232

The reason why you cannot correct the mark is likely because this mark has been marked as “invalid”. Indeed the correction process entitles you to correct or modify any information that was included in the original submission of such trademark record to the Clearinghouse for the first time after the verification agent has completed the verification services on the trademark record.  The correction process is however limited to one correction attempt per trademark record submission. If you fail to use this chance to correct your trademark record, the trademark record is then on invalid. If your record has been set to invalid but you still want to have this trademark record included in the Clearinghouse, you can always submit a new trademark record and pay again the related fees.

Your trademark could also still be under validation. This is indicated by the status “new”. In this case you will have to wait until the end of the verification process. The mark can then receive the status (1) verified which means that no further action will be requested from you (unless the proof of use is on incorrect), (2) incorrect which means that you will then be able to correct it and (3) invalid which means that you have already used your chance to correct it and are no longer able to correct it.

Total votes: 233

You need to submit the record in the name of the new name  along with documentary evidence showing the change of name.

Total votes: 261

You need to first consult the new dot rule in the Clearinghouse Guidelines. If your trademark falls within the new dot rule requirements, you can send a service request to the customer support to re-correct the mark. For more information on creating a service request, please consult the Help Section/quick references.

Total votes: 301

There are three types of trademarks accepted in the Clearinghouse, and depending on the type of the mark and the country of protection we will do a check against the online databases or perform an in-depth analysis. Find out more about the verification process in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available in our Download section.

Total votes: 801

This depends of the number of verifications requested at the time your trademark record is submitted and of whether all provided information is correct. Find out more about the verification process in the Trademark Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 962

If you register a Trademark Record for a period of three (3) or five (5) years, it will be re-verified annually. In the event that the provided information is incorrect or no longer up-to-date a notification will be sent out to the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent.

Total votes: 828

If you have opted as trademark agent for a Gold Account, in order to update your marketing profile (logo, contact, language of service, country of central office) you need to log in to the marketing website via http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/user .

(Be aware that these login credentials may differ from the credentials you use for the secure webportal)

After logging in, please follow these next steps:

-             Select EDIT

-             Submenu ACCOUNT is automatically selected

-             update your mail and password

Scroll down to save and your profile will be updated.

Total votes: 266

You can get listed on the TMCH website if you have register for a Gold Account. After your TMCH Gold Agent account is verified, you will be invited by our marketing department to activate your profile on the site.

Should you have missed this mail or did not follow up on this invitation, please activate your account via: http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/trademarkagent/register.

Total votes: 277

To update your marketing profile (logo, contact, language of service, country of central office) you need to log in to the marketing website via http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/user .

(Be aware that these login credentials may differ from the credentials you use for the secure webportal)

After logging in, please follow these next steps:

  • Select EDIT
  • Select AGENT PROFILE
  • Check Company Name, URL, Mail, PhoneChoose continent and country of central office
  • Select languages of service

Scroll down to save and your profile will be updated.

Total votes: 265

No, potential domain name registrants will not receive a claims notice when attempting to register a domain name that matches the name of a trademark recorded in the Clearinghouse during the Ongoing Notifications period. That warning notice will only be sent out during the original Trademark Claims Period. However, you as a trademark holder will be notified when the domain name is registered in a New gTLD.

Total votes: 328

The verified data in the Trademark Clearinghouse will be used to support both Trademark Claims and Sunrise Services required in all new gTLDs. The Clearinghouse will play an important role in the New gTLD Program and in the ongoing protection of trademark rights.

Total votes: 877

A gTLD (generic top-level domain name) is the top-level domain name of an Internet address that identifies it generically as associated with some domain class, such as .com, .net, .org, .gov, and .edu. The launch of new gTLDs will greatly expand the domain name system (DNS). Working with Intellectual Property experts and various community stakeholders, ICANN developed mechanisms that enable trademark holders to protect their rights during the DNS expansion. For more information on the other rights protection mechanism, please see ICANN’s website.

Total votes: 862

No, it is not possible to register a domain name matching your trademark during a Sunrise period without the SMD file (Signed Mark Data). This file provided to you by the Clearinghouse once your trademark record has been verified.

Total votes: 812

Yes, the Sunrise periods are imposed by ICANN to all registries managing a new gTLD according to the Applicant Guidebook.

Total votes: 811

Ongoing notifications will be sent out when a domain name is activated. Activated means that the domain name has been added to the zone file and that nameservers have been linked to the domain name, however this does not mean that the domain name is being used as such.

Total votes: 115

You will receive “watermark” messages, if your pre-paid amount has gone below $5000 and again if your pre-paid amount has gone below $1000.

Total votes: 100

In order to set up additional e-mail address, the new e-mail addresses must be configured for your account.

After navigating to your account settings, click on "Configure additional email addresses".

You will be able to add 6 additional email addresses, and link 1 or more of the following notification types to those email addresses:

Notifications:

  • Sunrise notifications;
  • Claims notifications;
  • Ongoing notifications.

Status Changes:

  • A mark record has been assigned status verified;
  • A mark record has been assigned status incorrect;,
  • A mark record has been assigned status invalid;
  • A mark record has been assigned status invalidbecause it has been on status incorrect for too long;
  • Manual status change of a mark record;
  • A mark record has been assigned status deactivated;
  • A mark records has expired;
  • A mark record has been transferred;
  • A UDRP or Court Case has changed status;
  • A Proof Of Use has expired;
  • A Proof Of Use has been verified;
  • A Proof Of Use has been invalidated;
  • A Proof Of Use has been assigned status incorrect.

Financial notifications:

  • Your pre payment amount has gone below watermark level (agent only);

Expiry notifications:

  • Your mark record will expire soon;
  • Your trademark will expire soon;
  • Your Proof Of Use will expire soon.

SMD notifications:

  • An SMD has been created for a mark record;
  • An SMD has been regenerated for a mark record;
  • An SMD has been revoked for a mark record.
Total votes: 225

You should then determine what are the most appropriate steps to take depending on your intellectual property strategy. You can, for instance, contact your lawyer in order to determine whether you should file a UDRP case.

Total votes: 228

No, potential domain name registrants will not receive a claims notice when attempting to register a domain name that matches the name of a trademark recorded in the Clearinghouse during the Ongoing Notifications period. That warning notice will only be sent out during the original Trademark Claims Period. However, you as a trademark holder will be notified when the domain name is registered in a New gTLD.

Total votes: 328

This service will be made available as from the April 2014, when the first gTLD ends its mandatory claims services of 90 days.

Total votes: 333

Whenever someone has activated a domain name in a new gTLD that exactly matches a term that is recorded in the Trademark Clearinghouse, the trademark holder will receive an e-mail informing him of this domain name activation, so he can take the necessary steps. It comes at no additional cost. The service is non-mandatory, leaving each trademark holder or agent to decide whether they wish to activate it. It lasts during the duration of their trademark record registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 325

When a domain name matching your trademark is registered during sunrise, claims or ongoing notifications periods a notification e-mail is sent to the e-mail address linked to your account.

Claims:

Subject of the e-mail:

Trademark Clearinghouse NOTICE OF REGISTERED NAME (Claims Period)

Content:

Dear <tmpl_var name="user_name">,

You have received this Notice of Registered Name because the following domain name(s) matching your Trademark Clearinghouse record(s) have been registered during the claims period of a new gTLD.

<tmpl_loop name="body">

   <tmpl_var name="mark_name"> (<tmpl_var name="mark_handle">) : <tmpl_var name="idn"> <tmpl_if name="domain_name">(<tmpl_var name="domain_name">)</tmpl_if> <tmpl_var name="reg_date">

</tmpl_loop>

For additional information, please refer to the Whois record for the domain name at the applicable registry. A list of gTLD registries is available at http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/listing. 

If you encounter any issues, then please do not hesitate to contact our customer support service provided to you by clicking on the "Support" button after signing in to the Trademark Clearinghouse web interface.

We thank you for your trust.

The Trademark Clearinghouse

Please do not reply to this e-mail address. If you should have any queries, then please submit your questions through the customer support interface.

This is an authentic e-mail notification from the Clearinghouse Verification Provider, a part of the Trademark Clearinghouse: the central repository for verified brands for the purpose of protecting brands in ICANN's new gTLD program.

Sunrise:

Subject of the e-mail:

Trademark Clearinghouse NOTICE OF REGISTERED NAME (Sunrise Period)

Content:

Dear <tmpl_var name="user_name">,

You have received this Notice of Registered Name because the following domain name(s) matching your Trademark Clearinghouse record(s) have been registered during the sunrise period of a new gTLD.

<tmpl_loop name="body">

   <tmpl_var name="mark_name"> (<tmpl_var name="mark_handle">) : <tmpl_var name="idn"> <tmpl_if name="domain_name">(<tmpl_var name="domain_name">)</tmpl_if> <tmpl_var name="reg_date">

</tmpl_loop>

For additional information, please refer to the Whois record for the domain name at the applicable registry. A list of gTLD registries is available at http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/listing. 

If you encounter any issues, then please do not hesitate to contact our customer support service provided to you by clicking on the "Support" button after signing in to the Trademark Clearinghouse web interface.

We thank you for your trust.

The Trademark Clearinghouse

Please do not reply to this e-mail address. If you should have any queries, then please submit your questions through the customer support interface.

This is an authentic e-mail notification from the Clearinghouse Verification Provider, a part of the Trademark Clearinghouse: the central repository for verified brands for the purpose of protecting brands in ICANN's new gTLD program.

 

Ongoing notification:

Subject of the e-mail:

Trademark Clearinghouse ONGOING NOTIFICATIONS

Content:

Dear <tmpl_var name="user_name">,

You have received this notification because the following domain name(s) matching your Trademark Clearinghouse record(s) have been activated* (ongoing notification).

<tmpl_loop name="body">

   <tmpl_var name="mark_name"> (<tmpl_var name="mark_handle">) : <tmpl_var name="idn"> <tmpl_if name="domain_name">(<tmpl_var name="domain_name">)</tmpl_if>

</tmpl_loop>

For additional information, please refer to the Whois record for the domain name at the applicable registry. A list of gTLD registries is available at http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/listing. 

If you encounter any issues, then please do not hesitate to contact our customer support service provided to you by clicking on the "Support" button after signing in to the Trademark Clearinghouse web interface.

We thank you for your trust.

The Trademark Clearinghouse

Please do not reply to this e-mail address. If you should have any queries, then please submit your questions through the customer support interface.

This is an authentic e-mail notification from the Clearinghouse Verification Provider, a part of the Trademark Clearinghouse: the central repository for verified brands for the purpose of protecting brands in ICANN's new gTLD program.

*for more information on what domain name activation means, please refer to:

Qualified Launch Program

Subject of the e-mail:

Trademark Clearinghouse NOTICE OF REGISTERED NAME (Qualified Launch Program)

Content:

Dear <tmpl_var name="user_name">,

You have received this Notice of Registered Name because the following domain name(s) matching your Trademark Clearinghouse record(s) have been registered during the Qualified Launch Program for a new gTLD.

<tmpl_loop name="body">

   <tmpl_var name="mark_name"> (<tmpl_var name="mark_handle">) : <tmpl_var name="idn"> <tmpl_if name="domain_name">(<tmpl_var name="domain_name">)</tmpl_if> <tmpl_var name="reg_date">

</tmpl_loop>

For additional information, please refer to the Whois record for the domain name at the applicable registry. A list of gTLD registries is available at http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/listing. 

What is the Qualified Launch Program (QLP)?

http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-10apr1...

The Qualified Launch Program is intended to provide a mechanism for Registry Operators to register a limited number of names to third parties to promote their TLDs prior to the Sunrise Period, while maintaining safeguards against intellectual property infringement.

According to the QLP Addendum, if a domain name matches a label in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), the domain name may be registered to a Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holder, as defined in the TMCH Requirements. If a domain name does not match a label in the Trademark Clearinghouse, the domain name may be registered in a Qualified Launch Program to any third party.

If you encounter any issues, then please do not hesitate to contact our customer support service provided to you by clicking on the "Support" button after signing in to the Trademark Clearinghouse web interface.

We thank you for your trust.

The Trademark Clearinghouse

Please do not reply to this e-mail address. If you should have any queries, then please submit your questions through the customer support interface.

This is an authentic e-mail notification from the Clearinghouse Verification Provider, a part of the Trademark Clearinghouse: the central repository for verified brands for the purpose of protecting brands in ICANN's new gTLD program.

 

Example e-mail of a claims notification:

Dear *****,

You have received this Notice of Registered Name because the following domain name(s) matching your Trademark Clearinghouse record(s) have been registered.

Mark Name

Mark Handle

Registered Domain Name

Registration Date

*****

*****

*****

****-**-**T**:**:**.*Z

*****

*****

*****
(xn--*****)

****-**-**T**:**:**.*Z

For additional information, please refer to the Whois record for the domain name at the applicable registry. A list of gTLD registries is available at http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registries/listing.

If you encounter any issues, then please do not hesitate to contact our customer support service provided to you by clicking on the "Get Support" button after signing in to the Trademark Clearinghouse web interface.

We thank you for your trust.

The Trademark Clearinghouse

 

Please do not reply to this e-mail address. If you should have any queries, then please submit your questions through the general inquiries.

This is an authentic e-mail notification from the Clearinghouse Verification Provider, a part of the Trademark Clearinghouse: the central repository for verified brands for the purpose of protecting brands in ICANN's new gTLD program.

 

Total votes: 252

The Clearinghouse sends out an e-mail notification that provides you with an overview of the different status on your trademark records.

If your trademark record is verified, you will be able to download the SMD file. If your trademark record is incorrect, please check the external comments and correct the information as indicated by the verification agent.

If your trademark is on invalid; this means that you have failed to correct your trademark record. Should you not agree with this decision you can file a dispute as described here: http://trademark-clearinghouse.com/dispute

Total votes: 726

The Trademark Holders or Trademark Agents will only be notified when a another party registers a domain name matching the name of their trademark during a sunrise period or a trademark claims period provided that they opted for sunrise services or trademark claims services.

Total votes: 747

Notification are be sent by to the email address you provide in the contracting information part when registering with the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 753

No, every notification and all communication is sent to the email address of the Trademark Agent.

Total votes: 853

No, you will only be allowed to provide one single email address in order to receive any notifications.

Total votes: 687

Yes, as a Trademark Agent you will be receiving all the notifications on behalf of your Trademark Holder(s). The Trademark Holders acting through a Trademark Agent will not receive notifications directly from the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 755

If you record for three (3) or five (5) years, you will only receive a notification in the event the verification agents of the Clearinghouse require some clarifications with regards to your trademark record. All trademark records will be verified on an annual basis.

Total votes: 778

A Silver Account is a type of Prepayment Account that is available only to Trademark Agents. If you opt for a Silver Account, the minimum deposit will be 5,000 USD. The remainder of the initial deposit will be non-refundable upon termination of your contract.

Total votes: 267

A Gold Account is a type of Prepayment Account that is available to you when you register with the Clearinghouse. If you opt for a Gold account, the minimum deposit will be 15,000 USD. The remainder of this initial deposit will be refundable if you terminate your account. This amount can be used entirely for registering trademark records for the entire duration of the contract. When you terminate your agent contract, the remainder is reimbursed to your bank account, so there is no loss. If you opt as an Agent for a Gold Account, you will have the possibility to be listed in the list of the Official Agents of the Clearinghouse available at http://trademark-clearinghouse.com/agents. You will also have the possibility to receive marketing materials from the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 268

Allow up to two calendar days for your marketing profile to be checked and activated. Please contact support if it takes longer, so we can look into the problem.

Total votes: 719

It can take two calendar days after you registered as Agent before you receive the welcome mail explaining how to create your marketing profile. You can contact support after two calendar days so we can find out if there was a problem.

Total votes: 757

We will send you a welcome e-mail with a link where you can create your agent marketing profile. This mail will only be send when your registration process as Trademark Agent registration was 100% complete, meaning your uploaded contract was verified and the prepayment deposit was received in full. You will be able to create a separate Agent marketing profile, allowing you to list company information and upload a logo. You'll also be able to choose if you want this information to be publicly visible or not. In addition, you will get access to exclusive marketing material for Agents only.

Small note: Being listed with your name and company logo on our website is a complimentary personal service we offer, not an obligation with express service. Allow 2 calendar days for the welcome e-mail to be sent and 2 calendar days for your marketing profile to become active, as it could be that there is a queue of Agents waiting that registered before you did.

Total votes: 689

After payment is done via a credit card Ogone needs to process this payment, this process usually takes under a minute.

After the Clearinghouse application has received the payment confirmation from Ogone the mark will be added to your Mark Overview.

Total votes: 760

This refers to the fact that maximum ten (10) trademark recordings can be done per credit card transaction.

Total votes: 690

Your credit card may be declined by our credit card processing system for a number of reasons. Only your credit card issuer or financial institution can confirm the specific reason for a declined credit card. Possible reasons include:

  • Not having available credit on the card;
  • The card has expired;
  • The credit card information including the billing address was not entered accurately;
  • The CVV number was not entered correctly;
  • As a security measure, some credit card companies reject transactions when a large number of online purchases are attempted within a short time;
  • Technical issues originating with your bank or credit card company, or with TMCH or our credit card processing services, can occasionally result in a declined card.

If your credit card has been declined, you should verify that the card is still valid and that the information entered is accurate. Please enter your billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card statement.  You may also choose to use a different credit card.

Please contact the credit card issuing company or your bank for questions relating to your credit card or to investigate reasons of refusal.

Total votes: 684

All customer data are handled and stored on an SSL platform, secured by encryption and authentication technology. The platform is Card Industry Compliant (PCI DSS compliant), awarded by Visa, MasterCard and TDC by American Express, which demand the strictest control of financial data being held, processed and transferred. SHA-1 encryption secures the shopping data you transfer to our platform.

Total votes: 692

Trademark Holders using their credit card will be able to record multiple trademarks, but they will be limited to 10 Trademark Registrations including the multiple domain names per payment transaction.

Total votes: 839

Trademark Holders using the Basic Account can pay using VISA, Mastercard or American Express.

Total votes: 805

A Silver Account is a type of Prepayment Account that is available only to Trademark Agents. If you opt for a Silver Account, the minimum deposit will be 5,000 USD. The remainder of the initial deposit will be non-refundable upon termination of your contract.

Total votes: 267

A Gold Account is a type of Prepayment Account that is available to you when you register with the Clearinghouse. If you opt for a Gold account, the minimum deposit will be 15,000 USD. The remainder of this initial deposit will be refundable if you terminate your account. This amount can be used entirely for registering trademark records for the entire duration of the contract. When you terminate your agent contract, the remainder is reimbursed to your bank account, so there is no loss. If you opt as an Agent for a Gold Account, you will have the possibility to be listed in the list of the Official Agents of the Clearinghouse available at http://trademark-clearinghouse.com/agents. You will also have the possibility to receive marketing materials from the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 268

It is indeed possible to open a Prepayment Account as a Trademark Agent or Trademark Holder and only submit Trademark Records later on. The deposited funds remain at your disposal the entire duration of your contract. The remaining amount will be refunded to you upon terminating your contract.

Total votes: 803

You can follow the evolution of your Status Points in the Clearinghouse User Interface by going to your profile page.

Total votes: 784

Trademark Agents have access to the Advanced Fee Structure only, which means that you will only be able to opt for the Prepayment Account.

Total votes: 735

The initial minimum amount that must be deposited into a Prepayment Account before you will be eligible to submit a Trademark Record depends of the type of account you have selected.

If you opt for a Silver Account, the minimum deposit will be 5,000 USD. The Silver Account is only available to Trademark Agents. If you opt for a Silver Account, the remainder of the initial deposit will be non-refundable upon termination of your contract.

If you opt for a Gold account, the minimum deposit will be 15,000 USD. The remainder of this initial deposit will be refundable if you terminate your account. This amount can be used entirely for registering trademark records for the entire duration of the contract. When you terminate your agent contract, the remainder is reimbursed to your bank account, so there is no loss. If you opt as an Agent for a Gold Account, you will have the possibility to be listed in the list of the Official Agents of the Clearinghouse available at http://trademark-clearinghouse.com/agents. You will also have the possibility to receive marketing materials from the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 804

The Clearinghouse will provide one pro-forma invoice per Prepayment Account, and is expecting a payment that matches the amount of the pro-forma invoice. Hence you need to pay for each account individually.

Total votes: 846

When you register for a Prepayment Account, a proforma invoice is generated for the initial deposit with the wire details. We have two bank accounts that you can wire to. After the funds have been received on our account, you can download the final invoice and the funds can be immediately used for recording trademarks.

When you want to top up your prepayment account, please wire the desired amount to one of the two bank accounts specified below. Any topup should be for at least 1,000 USD.

IMPORTANT:

  1. Always include your Agent ID (starting with a U) in the reference of the payment.
    If it is not sent along, processing your payment will take longer.
  2. Instruct your financial institution that your bear all transaction and conversion costs. In any other case, all costs associated with the wire will be deducted from the transferred amount.

COMPANY AND BANK DETAILS

Beneficiary: CHIP S.A.
Address: 2, rue Jean Fischbach
Zip & City: 3372 Leudelange
Country: Luxembourg

Bank account:

Bank name: ING Luxembourg
Account Number: LU 36 0141 6441 9360 3010
SWIFT/BIC: CELLLULL
Bank address: 52, route d'Esch L-2965 Luxembourg

Please note that we never send paper invoices. Should you receive one, it is likely to be fraudulent.

Total votes: 800

When you register for a Prepayment Account, a proforma invoice is generated for the initial deposit with the wire details. We have two bank accounts that you can wire to. After the funds have been received on our account, you can download the final invoice and the funds can be immediately used for recording trademarks.

When you want to top up your prepayment account, please wire the desired amount to one of the two bank accounts specified below. Any topup should be for at least 1,000 USD.

IMPORTANT:

  1. Always include your Agent ID (starting with a U) in the reference of the payment.
    If it is not sent along, processing your payment will take longer.
  2. Instruct your financial institution that your bear all transaction and conversion costs. In any other case, all costs associated with the wire will be deducted from the transferred amount.

COMPANY AND BANK DETAILS

Beneficiary: CHIP S.A.
Address: 2, rue Jean Fischbach
Zip & City: 3372 Leudelange
Country: Luxembourg

Bank account:

Bank name: ING Luxembourg
Account Number: LU 36 0141 6441 9360 3010
SWIFT/BIC: CELLLULL
Bank address: 52, route d'Esch L-2965 Luxembourg

Please note that we never send paper invoices. Should you receive one, it is likely to be fraudulent.

Total votes: 815

Status Points expire at the end of the Registration Period and the Status Counter is then automatically reset to zero. The Registration Period is defined as follows:

- For a Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent who did record one or more Trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse during the Early Bird Registration Period, the initial Registration Period will begin when they have recorded the first Trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse, and will end on the first anniversary of the date the Early Bird Registration Period closed.

- For a Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent who did not record a Trademark during the Early Bird Registration Period, the initial Registration Period will begin when they have recorded the first Trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse, and ends on the first anniversary of such date.

Thereafter, in either of the above two cases, each subsequent Registration Period shall consist of a 12 month period beginning on the date of termination of the previous Registration Period and ending on the first anniversary of such date.

Total votes: 831

You can terminate your Prepayment Account when all Trademark Records that are linked to the account have expired or have been transferred. If the account is terminated, the Trademark Clearinghouse will issue a credit note to the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent for the funds that are still available on its Prepayment Account and the funds will be transferred back to the Trademark Holder’s or Trademark Agent’s bank account. All transaction and potential currency conversion costs will be borne by the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent. The credit notes will be compliant with the Luxembourg VAT requirements (a.o. make a reference to the initial invoice) and credit the VAT treatment applied on the initial invoice.

Total votes: 776

Trademark Holders and Agents who register for a Prepayment Account (Advanced Fee structure) automatically receive discounts as they earn Status Points. Status Points are earned by either recording or renewing trademarks. The Status Points determine how much you will pay for a registration at that point in time. The higher your number of Status Points, the lower the price you pay for a registration. See our Fee structure for all details.

Total votes: 844

In case no sufficient funds are available to renew all selected Trademark Records, Trademark Records are renewed in a serial way until the Prepayment Account no longer has sufficient funds to renew the next Trademark Records.

A Trademark Record will not be accepted for registration once the Prepayment Account does not contain sufficient funds to pay the applicable registration fee. You can refill your account at any time by accessing your profile page.

Total votes: 907

At any time the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent can increase the amount of funds in its Prepayment Account with a minimum of USD 1.000 per payment, by wiring the desired amount to one of the two bank accounts below. Do not forget to add your account UID as a wire reference.

After receipt of the funds, your Prepayment Account will be increased with the received amount and you will be able to download an invoice for this amount.

CHIP S.A.

2, rue Jean Fischbach
3372 Leudelange
Luxembourg

Bank account:

Bank name: ING Luxembourg
Account Number: LU 36 0141 6441 9360 3010
SWIFT/BIC: CELLLULL
Bank address: 52, route d'Esch L-2965 Luxembourg

Total votes: 816

You can sign up on our website. After going through the acceptance process, a minimum deposit of 15,000 USD (Gold Account) or 5,000 USD (Silver Account) is required to activate the Prepayment Account.

These funds are immediately and entirely available for recording trademarks. There is no limit on the number of trademarks that may be recorded, as long as the account has sufficient funds. (Only wire transfers are accepted, and the wiring party will bear any applicable or associated transaction and currency conversion costs.). These funds can be used entirely for registering trademark records for the entire duration of the contract. If you decide to terminate your agent contract, the remainder will be reimbursed to your bank account in case you have opted for the minimum initial deposit 15,000 USD but not if you have opted for the minimum initial deposit 5,000 USD.

Total votes: 876


If the Trademark Holder of the registered trademark opts for sunrise services, the proof of use submitted by the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent will be verified. When examining the sample of proof of use submitted by the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent, it will be verified that the sample submitted is a sample that evidences an effort on behalf of the trademark holder to communicate to a consumer so that the consumer can distinguish the product or services of one from those of another.


Accordingly, examples of acceptable evidence would include items from either of the following categories:
1. Labels, tags, or containers from a product.
2. Advertising and marketing materials (including brochures, pamphlets, catalogues, product manuals, displays or signage, press releases, screen shots, or social media marketing materials).

An uploaded and verified Proof Of Use file is valid for 5 years and can be uploaded in 2 separate files, the actual sample of use and a signed declaration of proof of use.

Total votes: 83

This is the result of a software issue. It has no impact on the mark record status. You can request it to be changed by submitting a customer support ticket. For more information on logging a ticket, please read: http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/sites/default/files/files/downloads/how-to/TMCH_How_to_submit_a_service_request_v0.1.pdf.

Total votes: 200

If you have chosen not to upload proof of when the mark record was submitted you can add it later on by clicking on the mark record in the mark tab, navigating to the "Proof Of Use" field and selecting "Add proof of use".

Adding Proof Of Use at a later stage is only possible after the mark record has been verified.

 

Total votes: 355

Yes the accent needs to be present in the sample of proof of use as the sample submitted must contain the complete name of the registered trademark as recorded in the trademark records and as verified and determined correct.

Total votes: 347

The fact that you can upload proof of use at a later stage: this will be implemented in the coming weeks and shall no longer be done through customer support.

Total votes: 565

Yes, a screenshot of a website containing the name of the trademark can be accepted as proof of use.

Total votes: 547

Yes, as stated in the Trademark Clearinghouse Guidelines, labels and tags from a product with the name of the trademark can be accepted as proof of use.

Total votes: 542

As stated in the proof of use memo as published on the ICANN website and as mentioned in the Clearinghouse Guidelines, a link to website is insufficient.

Total votes: 534

Yes, if you submit a registered trademark in the Clearinghouse and wish to benefit from the sunrise services, you will have to submit a single sample of proof of use as well as a signed declaration of proof of use. You can find more information concerning the proof of use in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 539

You will need to provide a declaration of proof of use and a sample of proof of use for each Trademark Record.

Total votes: 524

Yes, only one sample of proof of use is necessary per trademark record.

Total votes: 529

As stated in the Clearinghouse Guidelines, one sample of proof of use is sufficient per trademark record.

Total votes: 535

You will only need to submit one valid sample of proof of use per trademark record linked to a registered trademark.

Total votes: 533

Proof of use is only mandatory when you would like to obtain Sunrise Services for a registered trademark. The option to obtain Sunrise Services may be selected at any time.

Total votes: 524

The Trademark Notice must be provided by the registrar to the potential domain name registrant in English. Additionally, to best serve its potential domain name registrants, registrars should provide the Trademark Notice to potential domain name registrants in the language of the registrant’s registration agreement.

Total votes: 205

Please submit your question to IBM via the IBM support tool: ICANNSD@nl.ibm.com

Total votes: 215

If you are a registrar you will need to interact with the trademark database and receive an accreditation. For more information, please see ICANN’s website: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse/scsvcs.

Total votes: 242

Registries (28)

Yes. If a Registry Operator reserves a domain name from registration in accordance with the Registry Agreement and thereafter releases for Allocation or registration the reserved domain name at any time prior to the start date of the Claims Period, the domain name must be treated like any other domain name for any applicable Sunrise Period, Limited Registration Period, Launch Program or Claims Period. However, if the domain name is released for Allocation or registration at any time following the start date of the Claims Period, the domain name must be subject to the Claims Services for a period of 90 calendar days following the date it was released (even if the domain name is released following completion of the scheduled Claims Period), provided that this requirement will expire if the Trademark Clearinghouse (or any ICANN-designated successor thereto) is no longer in operation.

Total votes: 190

General Registration begins on the first day that domain names are generally made available to all registrants that are qualified to register domain names in the TLD. A “landrush period” that meets the above description would be considered General Registration. If, however, the “landrush period” has eligibility requirements that limit the availability of domain names to registrants satisfying certain conditions, then the “landrush period” would be considered a Limited Registration Period and not the beginning of General Registration. Because a Limited Registration Period cannot overlap with the Claims Period, it also cannot overlap with General Registration. Registry Operators are encouraged to be clear in defining their periods so as to aid the Community’s understanding and to avoid questions about compliance with the TMCH Requirements.

Total votes: 220

No. Only registrars may query the CNIS.

Total votes: 197

Registrars can only query the CNIS for domain names that have been applied for by a potential domain name registrant. Registrars are prohibited from querying the CNIS for any other purpose.

Total votes: 206

The specific technical obligations that registrars must satisfy when processing Claims Registrations is available at http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-lozano-tmch-func-spec sections 5.3.4 and 5.3.5. In general, Registrars must verify domain name availability with the Registry Operator and obtain a CNIS lookup key if the label is covered by a trademark record, registrars must query the CNIS to obtain Claims Notice Information (see section 6.5 of http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-lozano-tmch-func-spec section), use the Claims Notice Information to populate the Trademark Notice (see Exhibit A of http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse/rpm-requireme...), clearly and conspicuously display the Trademark Notice to the potential domain name registrant and inquire as to whether the potential domain name registrant wishes to continue with the registration. The Trademark Notice must be provided by the registrar at the time of potential registration in real time, without cost to the prospective domain name registrant, and must be in the form specified in the Trademark Notice Form (an example of which is attached to Exhibit B of the TMCH Requirements). The Trademark Notice must require an affirmative confirmation by the potential domain name registrant to continue with the registration.

Total votes: 186

No. The Claims Period is the first 90 days of General Registration. A Limited Registration Period by definition is a registration period in which the Registry Operator has imposed additional registration restrictions beyond the registration policies for the TLD’s General Registration. Thus, a Limited Registration Period cannot occur at the same time as the Claims Period / General Registration.

Total votes: 304

A Limited Registration Period is any registration period between the end of the Sunrise Period and the start of General Registration. Thus, a Limited Registration Period must have some registration restriction that limits domain names from being generally available to all registrants that are qualified to register domain names within the TLD. Any registration during a Limited Registration Period must be subject to the Claims Services in the same manner as registrations registered or Allocated during the Claims Period.

Total votes: 237

For at least the first 90 days of General Registration, each TLD must provide the Claims Services. The Claims Services provide notice to potential domain name registrants that the domain they are seeking to register matches a label in the Trademark Clearinghouse. If the registrant decides to register the domain name, the Trademark Clearinghouse will notify the applicable trademark holder of the domain name registration.

Total votes: 263

A Registry Operator who indicated that its TLD would be a geographic TLD can apply to conduct an Approved Launch Program just like any other Registry Operator. In addition, if geographic TLD Registry Operators and representatives of the Intellectual Property Constituency recommend to ICANN the creation of a registration program that sets forth a defined list of labels or categories of labels that geographic TLDs may Allocate or register to third parties prior to or during a Sunrise Period, and ICANN accepts and implements such recommendation, there will be a presumption of approval for geographic TLDs that thereafter apply for that program. However, ICANN will still review the application and may reject the application if ICANN reasonably determines that such requested registration program could contribute to consumer confusion or the infringement of intellectual property rights. Neither the IPC nor any Registry Operator is required to have these discussions, but Registry Operators will always be allowed to individually apply to conduct an Approved Launch Program as discussed above.

Total votes: 207

If a Registry Operator seeks ICANN’s approval of a registration program that is substantially similar to an Approved Launch Program previously approved by ICANN under similar circumstances for the new gTLD program, the requested registration program application will carry a presumption of being approved. A Registry Operator who seeks the benefit of this presumption must state with specificity why the Launch Application is similar to the allegedly similar Approved Launch Program and detail the facts and circumstances evidencing such similarity. ICANN will review the Approved Launch Program application and may reject the Approved Launch Program application if ICANN reasonably determines that the requested registration program could contribute to consumer confusion or the infringement of intellectual property rights.

Total votes: 174

If a Registry Operator applies to ICANN to conduct an Approved Launch Program that would implement programs set forth in its application for the TLD, there will be a presumption that the Launch Program will be allowed so long as it was set forth in reasonable detail in the application for the TLD so as to allow for meaningful review and public comment of the plan at the time the application was posted. A Registry Operator who seeks the benefit of this presumption must state with specificity the relevant portions of its TLD application that describe the launch program as well as detail how the applied for program in its Approved Launch Program application compares to the launch program described in its TLD application. ICANN will review the Approved Launch Program application, as well as any public comments submitted in response to the program described in the TLD application, and may reject the Approved Launch Application if ICANN reasonably determines that such requested registration program could contribute to consumer confusion or the infringement of intellectual property rights.

Total votes: 156

Yes. Pursuant to Section 2.2.4 of the RPM requirements as provided by ICANN, the only way a Registry Operator can Allocate or register domain names to a third party prior to the Sunrise Period is through an Approved Launch Program or, if made available, a Qualified Launch Program. In order to offer an Approved Launch Program, a Registry Operator must apply to ICANN and have its application approved prior to offering the Approved Launch Program. For more information, please ICANN's website

Total votes: 196

ICANN is developing a process for the submission and processing of applications for Approved Launch Programs that it expects to post for use soon. Any Registry Operator’s application to offer an Approved Launch Program may be published for public comment at ICANN’s discretion.

Total votes: 193

A Registry Operator may, after signing its Registry Agreement and until the start date of its Sunrise Period, apply to ICANN for approval to conduct an Approved Launch Program.

Total votes: 176

ICANN is currently reviewing the feasibility and implementation of Qualified Launch Programs. If a process that will allow Registry Operators to offer a Qualified Launch Program is approved by ICANN, ICANN will prepare an addendum to the TMCH Requirements providing for the implementation of the Qualified Launch Program for all Registry Operators. The addendum, if adopted, will be automatically incorporated into the TMCH Requirements.

Total votes: 212

Under the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan, no domain names may be activated in a TLD until 120 days after the Registry Agreement for the TLD is signed. It is possible that a Sunrise Period may commence prior to the expiration of this 120 day period. In this situation, Sunrise Registrations may be registered or Allocated to Sunrise Eligible Rights Holders during the Sunrise Period, but cannot be activated until the 120
day period has expired. The same prohibition on activation would also apply to any Qualified Launch Program or Approved Launch Program.

Total votes: 201

Registry Operators may accept applications for the same domain name from different Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders. If an auction is used to define the ultimate registrant of that domain name to one of the Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders, and the domain name is withheld to such Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holder, thus not allocating nor registering the domain name to registrants in a Limited Registration Period or General Registration, then the auction methodology complies with Section 3.2.4.

Total votes: 174

In a Start-Date Sunrise, a Registry Operator may Allocate or register domain names on a first-come, first-served basis or any other time-based Allocation or registration process, in addition to any other manner of Allocation or registration they desire. In an End-Date Sunrise, a Registry Operator must not Allocate or register domain names prior to the end of the Sunrise Period and must not employ a first-come, first-served or any other time-based Allocation or registration process.

Total votes: 194

The general rule is that domain names may only be registered during a Sunrise Period to Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders who have a valid SMD file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse. Unless the Registry Operator has received ICANN’s approval for an Approved Launch Program or ICANN implements a Qualified Launch Program as described in the TMCH Requirements, the Registry Operator may not register or Allocate domain names prior to the completion of the Sunrise Period to non-Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders. An Allocation of a domain name includes any allocation, designation, assignment, or other form of earmarking of a domain name to a potential domain name registrant.

Total votes: 219

Yes. All Registry Operators must offer a Sunrise Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP), which will allow challenges to Sunrise Registrations related to Registry Operator’s Allocation and registration policies, including on the grounds that the domain name that was registered does not match the Trademark Record on which the Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holder based its Sunrise Registration. Because each TLD’s Sunrise Period registration policies can be different, the Registry Operator has discretion when designing its SDRP. A complete SDRP must be included in the TLD Startup Information.

Total votes: 199

During a Sunrise Period, a Registry Operator may apply restrictions relating to the underlying rights of a Trademark Record so long as those restrictions are related to the purpose of the TLD. For example, if the purpose of a TLD was to serve a particular region, the Registry Operator could require that the Trademark Record be registered in that jurisdiction to be eligible for the Sunrise Period. However, if having a trademark from any jurisdiction meets the eligibility requirements to register a domain name in a subsequent registration period, the subsequent registration period eligibility requirements may be seen as evidence that the jurisdiction restriction in the Sunrise Period was not actually related to the purpose of the TLD.

Total votes: 199

All registrations during a Sunrise Period must include a valid SMD file. Additionally, a Registry Operator may (i) apply restrictions relating to the underlying rights of a trademark related to the purpose of the TLD, (ii) specify requirements that are not related to the scope of mark rights, (iii) require the SMD file information to match the applicable Whois record, and (iv) impose reasonable date restrictions relating to the date that the trademark was registered, validated or protected in order to prevent gaming of the Sunrise Period. Any other registration restrictions must be imposed consistently throughout any Limited Registration Period and General Registration.

Total votes: 194

A Start-Date Sunrise Period must stay open for at least 30 days and cannot commence prior to expiration of the required 30 day notice period. An End-Date Sunrise Period must stay open for at least 60 days. In either case, a Sunrise Period must not begin until ICANN has accepted the Registry Operator’s TLD Startup Information and the Registry Operator has been assigned a Sunrise Period start date.

Total votes: 252

Yes. A Registry Operator may not process registrations of domain names during a Sunrise Period unless the registration is accompanied by a valid Signed Mark Data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 302

Yes, a Sunrise Period is required for every new gTLD.

Total votes: 274

Please contact us at marketing@trademark-clearinghouse.com and we will contact you.

Total votes: 307

Please send an e-mail to marketing@trademark-clearinghouse.com with the information that you want to publish.

Total votes: 213

For more information, please visit the following link http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse/scsvcs.

Total votes: 248

Renewal (3)

If you have opted to record in the Clearinghouse for three (3) or five (5) years, your trademark record will be automatically renewed. You will only need to submit information again, if the information you previously submitted is no longer complete and/or accurate, or if you are requested to do so by the verification agent during the automatic annual re verification.

If your trademark record in the Clearinghouse has expired, you will have to submit the same information you would submit when submitting a trademark record for the first time.

Total votes: 534

If the information of the trademark is the same, then you only need to provide additional proof of use every 5 years.

Total votes: 486

All Trademark Records in TMCH are subject to annual revalidation. In case the Trademark Record was registered for a single year or the multi-year registration has come to an end, the Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent receives 2 e-mail notifications: one 60 days before the expiration date and one 30 days before expiration and 10 days after the expiration date. This is independent whether the registrations were performed through the web or through the automated interface.

Upon renewal, Trademark Holders or Trademark Agents will be able to change the duration of the consecutive Registration Period for Trademark Records.

Upon submission of the Trademark Records to be renewed, the Trademark Holder’s or Trademark Agent’s Prepayment Account is checked to see if sufficient funds are available to renew the selected Trademark Records. In case no sufficient funds are available to renew all selected Trademark Records, Trademark Records are renewed in a serial way until the Prepayment Account no longer has sufficient funds to renew the next Trademark Records. The Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent is advised to increase its Prepayment Account.

Total votes: 576

Step 1: You first need to log in the interface.

Step 2:: You should then click on the tab “Submit Mark”.  You will arrive in your account interface (you arrive in the MARKS tab).

Step 3: Please click on SERVICES tab (between MARKS tab and CASES tab).

Step 4: The Service Tab is divided in two columns: first the “mark” column and then “U-label” column.

Step 5: In the U-label column, you have the labels associated with your mark, a file icon and On/OFF buttons relating to the Sunrise services and TM claims.

Step 6: Click on the file icon and your browser should download the SMD file instantaneously.

 

Total votes: 179

You should first verify that labels are attached to your trademark record. If it is not the case you should add them by following the guidance provided here and download again the new SMD file after this. If labels are attached to your trademark, you should try to toggle off and toggle on again the sunrise services and download again the SMD file. If the problem persists, you can always submit a ticket in our customer support tool.

Total votes: 186

In order to download the SMD file via the web interface you will need to:

  • Sign in to the TMCH application;
  • Navigate to the "services" tab;
  • Find the mark record for which you want to download the SMD file (keep in mind that only verified mark records with valid POU documentation are eligible for SMD generation);
  • Click on the file icon in the SMD column;
  • Your browser will then download the SMD file.

 

 

 

Total votes: 320

This will depend on what was agreed between the concerned parties. For the Clearinghouse, by agreeing to the terms and conditions, the trademark agent will be deemed to have obtained the right to download and use the SMD files of the trademark holder. It is then up to the trademark agent and trademark holder to decide who should register the domain name.

Total votes: 411

Every time a trademark record is renewed or updated based on new information, a new SMD file is generated. 

The new SMD file is valid from the moment it is generated. It expires the moment the trademark record in the Clearinghouse expires.

Total votes: 361

Revocation is the process executed by the Trademark Validator, Deloitte, to invalidate an SMD file. Revocation may be triggered, for example, when an SMD file has been compromised or when a record is removed from the Trademark Clearinghouse. Once an SMD file has been revoked, the SMD file cannot be used anymore.

Total votes: 376

During the sunrise of a new TLD, you may go to a Registrar to request the registration of a domain name (e.g. exampleone.example or example-one.example). The registration process is going to be similar to the process you are used to with your favorite Registrar, but at some point in the process, the Registrar will ask you for your SMD file. The Registrar may require you to upload the SMD file (similar to the process to upload an attachment on a web mail provider) or to copy/paste the contents of the SMD file (select all text, copy and paste) into a text box.

Total votes: 366

A Registry can verify that your SMD file is valid because an ICANN-approved trademark validator (TMV), Deloitte, has digitally signed your SMD file.

Total votes: 420

You can open your SMD file with your favorite text editor (e.g. notepad in Windows or textedit in Mac OS X). At the top of the file, there are five lines that are human-readable (the information in these five lines is also encoded in the SMD FILE). These five lines indicate:

  • The Mark this SMD FILE refers to (e.g. Marks: Example One)
  • A unique identifier (e.g. smdID: 1-2)
  • The labels that you can use to register domain names (e.g. U-labels: example-one, exampleone)
  • The start of validity of the SMD file (e.g. notBefore: 2011-08-16 09:00)
  • The end of validity of the SMD file (e.g. notAfter: 2012-08-16 09:00)

 

Between the SMD file boundaries (-----BEGIN ENCODED SMD----- and -----END ENCODED SMD-----) the actual SMD file is encoded. You should not modify your SMD file, as you may render the SMD file invalid. You can send your SMD file by email or attach the contents to a legal agreement.

  • the Nice classification (if applicable) and detailed description of goods and services of your trademark [encoded];
  • contact information of yourself , if you use a holder account, or contact information  of your trademark agent, you are using one [encoded].

 

The contents of an SMD file are similar to this:

 Marks: Example One

   smdID: 1-2

   U-labels: example-one, exampleone

   notBefore: 2011-08-16 09:00

   notAfter: 2012-08-16 09:00

   -----BEGIN ENCODED SMD-----

   PD94bWwgdmVyc2lvbj0iMS4wIiBlbmNvZGluZz0iVVRGLTgiPz4KPHNtZDpzaWdu

   ZWRNYXJrIHhtbG5zOnNtZD0idXJuOmlldGY6cGFyYW1zOnhtbDpuczpzaWduZWRN

   [...]

   cnRpZmljYXRlPgo8L1g1MDlEYXRhPgogICAgPC9LZXlJbmZvPgogIDwvU2lnbmF0

   dXJlPgo8L3NtZDpzaWduZWRNYXJrPgo=

   -----END ENCODED SMD-----

Total votes: 410

In the domain name registration process, the purpose of a SMD file is to show that the Trademark Clearinghouse has verified your mark, and that you have met the minimum eligibility requirements to request the registration of domain names during the sunrise period of a TLD.

For example, if your mark is "Example One", your SMD will show that you are allowed to register exampleone. <TLD> or example-one.<TLD>.

Note: A mark (e.g., Example One) is converted into specific domain name labels (e.g. exampleone) that are technically valid in the domain name system, according to a set of matching rules applied by the Trademark Clearinghouse. Your SMD may allow you to request the registration of one or more labels (e.g. exampleone and example-one) depending on the name of the mark submitted.

Total votes: 423

A Signed Mark Data (SMD) file is similar to a password in the sense that it allows you to identify yourself and request an action that requires privileges to be executed.

The SMD file is a versatile instrument that will allow you to register domain names during the sunrise period of new gTLDs and request other services (e.g. initiate an URS process).

Note: The possession of your SMD is sufficient to request services based on your SMD, therefore it is important that you keep your SMD secure and you only share your SMD with a trusted person/entity (e.g. ICANN-approved URS providers).

Total votes: 519

Once your trademark record and the proof of use has been verified, a SMD file is available within 1 hour. Each time any information relating to the trademark record is changed, a new SMD file will be generated. The old SMD file will be revoked and will be no longer valid.

Total votes: 481

You are able to retrieve SMD files with the special INFO command as described in the API Documentation available on our website, or via the web interface in tab Domains & Services.

Total votes: 644

For more information on the Abused DNL fee structure please refer to the detailed Fee Structure for the Clearinghouse.

 

 

 

Total votes: 330

Abused labels in which the trademark is simply included could be submitted to the Clearinghouse as long as they meet all the eligibility requirements which will be published on the website of the Clearinghouse as soon are they are final.

Total votes: 363

No, there will be different prices made available for a UDRP case and a court case.

Total votes: 449

Yes, there will be a possibility to correct the provided information if the information is deemed incorrect.

Total votes: 484

The verification agents of the Clearinghouse will verify that (1) the name of the trademark included in the trademark record matches the name of the trademark in the case, (2) the registration/reference number provided in the trademark record matches the registration/reference number of the trademark mentioned in the case, (3) the jurisdiction/country of protection in the trademark record matches the jurisdiction/country of protection of the trademark mentioned in the case and (4) the abused labels provided in the Clearinghouse matches the abused labels mentioned in the case.

Total votes: 495

You will have to provide the name of the name of the court, the reference number of the court case, the language of the court case, a copy of the court case and the abused labels.

Total votes: 451

You will have to provide the name of the ICANN accredited Service provider that rendered the decision, the reference number of the UDRP case, the language of the UDRP case and the abused labels.

Total votes: 506

Yes, the court that has rendered the decision about the abused label(s) will have to be a national court.

Total votes: 478

Yes, the UDRP case must have been rendered by an ICANN approved service provider.

Total votes: 473

No, you will be able to add labels included in different court decisions and/or UDRP case with a maximum of 50 labels in total per trademark record.

Total votes: 430

The abused labels will not be included in the SMD file for sunrise but you will receive claims notification in relation to these abused labels.

Total votes: 442

You will be able to add up to 50 abused labels per trademark record.  These abused labels may be added on the basis of the UDRP case or court cases.

Total votes: 434

Please note that this has not yet been implemented. We are currently working on the project status and we will keep you updated. However, please note that you will only be able to add abused labels once a trademark record has been verified. Consequently, your trademark needs to be submitted and verified by our verification agents before you can submit any abused labels.

Total votes: 437

In the future, the Clearinghouse will accept abused labels to be added to trademark records under certain conditions. The requirements are currently being drafted. More information will be posted on our website as soon as the possibility to add abused labels is available.

Total votes: 392

This occurs if you forgot to add the labels when you changed the name of the mark. It's best to submit a request to our customer support, so we can change the status of your mark in order to enable you to add the labels.

Total votes: 201

There is no cut-off date as such, as recording your trademarks in the Clearinghouse can be done at any time. You can of course only get a Signed Mark Data file, enabling you to request a Sunrise registration, once your trademark has been verified.

Total votes: 463

Both trademark records, if eligible, will be able to participate in the Clearinghouse, but it is up to the registry to decide how they want to accept the domain name applications (e.g.first come, first serve, auction, other criteria).

 

Total votes: 548

support (6)

To reset your password you only need the e-mail address you used to register your account.

Click "I forgot my password" on webpage : https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com/tmch/public/loginform and follow the password reset process.

For a detailed guide on how to reset your password please refer to: http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/sites/default/files/files/downloads/how-to/TMCH%20How%20to%20reset%20v1.pdf

 

Total votes: 61

You should first verify that labels are attached to your trademark record. If it is not the case you should add them by following the guidance provided here and download again the new SMD file after this. If labels are attached to your trademark, you should try to toggle off and toggle on again the sunrise services and download again the SMD file. If the problem persists, you can always submit a ticket in our customer support tool.

Total votes: 186

The reason why you cannot correct the mark is likely because this mark has been marked as “invalid”. Indeed the correction process entitles you to correct or modify any information that was included in the original submission of such trademark record to the Clearinghouse for the first time after the verification agent has completed the verification services on the trademark record.  The correction process is however limited to one correction attempt per trademark record submission. If you fail to use this chance to correct your trademark record, the trademark record is then on invalid. If your record has been set to invalid but you still want to have this trademark record included in the Clearinghouse, you can always submit a new trademark record and pay again the related fees.

Your trademark could also still be under validation. This is indicated by the status “new”. In this case you will have to wait until the end of the verification process. The mark can then receive the status (1) verified which means that no further action will be requested from you (unless the proof of use is on incorrect), (2) incorrect which means that you will then be able to correct it and (3) invalid which means that you have already used your chance to correct it and are no longer able to correct it.

Total votes: 233

If you are registered with the Clearinghouse as a trademark holder, you cannot edit the address you have provided to the Clearinghouse when you registered as a trademark holder. This information as provided in the database from the Clearinghouse is indeed duplicated in multiple databases and any subsequent change would need to be automatically replicated in the other databases which is currently not possible. We are working on implementing a process to trigger this type of changes but at present we have to change the information manually.

Total votes: 598
  • You can submit your query through the general inquiries contact form.
  • Alternatively Trademark Clearinghouse support can also be reached by phone during Belgian business days from 8AM to 5PM UTC at +32.26394870. Please note that should your question not be of a technical nature you will be redirected to general inquiries by our customer support team.
  • If you have registered as a user but are awaiting the SDN check, we kindly ask you to keep in mind that this can take up to 48 hours.
Total votes: 601

If you already registered as a user, please contact our support service using the Clearinghouse web interface. If you aren't a registered user yet, please use the contact form on our web site.

Total votes: 516

You should then determine what are the most appropriate steps to take depending on your intellectual property strategy. You can, for instance, contact your lawyer in order to determine whether you should file a UDRP case.

Total votes: 228

No, potential domain name registrants will not receive a claims notice when attempting to register a domain name that matches the name of a trademark recorded in the Clearinghouse during the Ongoing Notifications period. That warning notice will only be sent out during the original Trademark Claims Period. However, you as a trademark holder will be notified when the domain name is registered in a New gTLD.

Total votes: 328

This service will be made available as from the April 2014, when the first gTLD ends its mandatory claims services of 90 days.

Total votes: 333

Whenever someone has activated a domain name in a new gTLD that exactly matches a term that is recorded in the Trademark Clearinghouse, the trademark holder will receive an e-mail informing him of this domain name activation, so he can take the necessary steps. It comes at no additional cost. The service is non-mandatory, leaving each trademark holder or agent to decide whether they wish to activate it. It lasts during the duration of their trademark record registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 325

Following the 90 day Trademark Claims Period for each new gTLD, the Clearinghouse offers an Ongoing Notifications Service. Trademark holders will be notified indefinitely whenever someone has registered a domain name in a new gTLD that exactly matches a trademark recorded in the Clearinghouse, beyond the original 90 day period. Note that indefinitely means for the period (1 year, 3 years or 5 years) the trademark record is registered for.

Total votes: 283

Trademark Claims services will be provided for a 90 day period as of general availability when a TLD launches.

The Clearinghouse will notify the Trademark Holder or the Trademark Agent when a third party registers a domain name that is identical to their trademark recorded in the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 540

You will receive a Trademark Claims notification as of the registration of a domain name matching your trademark record, not one that is similar. You will not receive a notification if the domain name applicant decides not to pursue with his/her request to register a domain name matching your trademark record after he/she has receive a notification informing him/her of the existence of your Clearinghouse trademark record.

Total votes: 559

You need to first consult the new dot rule in the Clearinghouse Guidelines. If your trademark falls within the new dot rule requirements, you can send a service request to the customer support to re-correct the mark. For more information on creating a service request, please consult the Help Section/quick references.

Total votes: 301

The Trademark Clearinghouse in itself is not a trademark office. If you want your trademark to become a registered trademark, it is best to contact your local trademark office or agent to find out how. Only after your trademark is registered can you include it in the Clearinghouse.

Apart from registered trademarks, the Clearinghouse also accepts marks protected by statute or treaty or court validated marks

 

Total votes: 250

No, it is not possible. Trademarks starting with or containing a dot will not be accepted in the Trademark Clearinghouse. Dots cannot be replaced with a hyphen or the word "dot".

Total votes: 469

Yes, any mark with at least one character is acceptable in the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 541

Trademarks subject to successful cancellation or invalidation procedures cannot be accepted in the Clearinghouse. You can find more information on the Clearinghouse eligibility requirements in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 494

Trademarks subject to successful rectification proceedings cannot be accepted in the Clearinghouse. You can find more information on the Clearinghouse eligibility requirements in the Trademark Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 455

No, this is not possible. Trademarks with the same name but registered in a different jurisdiction by the Trademark Holder will be treated as separate and independent trademark records. This will mean that if you want, for instance, to submit to the Clearinghouse a Trademark registered in France and in the United Kingdom, you will have to submit two separate and independent records: one for the Trademark registered in France and one for the Trademark registered in the United Kingdom.

Total votes: 472

State trademarks are not eligible for insertion in the Clearinghouse as trademarks need to be at least of national effect in order to be accepted in the Clearinghouse.  Trademarks registered by a city, state, province, or sub-national system will therefore not be accepted in the Clearinghouse. You can find more information about the Clearinghouse eligibility requirements in the Clearinghouse Guidelines.

Total votes: 489

No, trademarks which are currently under application will not be accepted in the Clearinghouse. You can find more information about the Clearinghouse eligibility requirements in the Trademark Clearinghouse Guidelines.

Total votes: 486

Yes, trademarks containing numbers can be accepted by the Clearinghouse. You can find more information about the Clearinghouse eligibility requirements in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 500

For the moment, you can submit (1) registered trademarks, (2) court validated marks and (3) marks protected by treaty or statute in the Clearinghouse. In the future, the Clearinghouse may agree upon request of the registries to accept and verify “other types of marks”. This is however currently not the case.

Total votes: 481

As provided in the gTLD Applicant Guidebook, trademarks containing a “dot” will not be accepted by the Clearinghouse. You can find more information on the Clearinghouse eligibility requirements in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available in our Download section.

Total votes: 451

No, these will not be accepted as labels composed of the mixed scripts cannot be generated. Therefore labels based, for instance, on a trademark name containing only Chinese characters will be accepted. Labels based however, for instance, on a trademark name containing both Chinese and English characters will not be accepted.

Total votes: 451

For the moment, you can submit to the Clearinghouse (1) registered trademarks, (2) court validated marks and (3) marks protected by treaty or statute. In the future, the Clearinghouse may agree with registries to process other types of marks, such as company names. This is however currently not the case.

Total votes: 446

Well known or famous non registered trademarks can be accepted in the Clearinghouse provided that the Trademark Holder can submit to the Clearinghouse a court order providing for such protection. Such trademark must be recorded under the trademark type “court validated mark”.

Total votes: 435

These trademarks can be accepted in the Clearinghouse under certain conditions. For more information on the eligibility requirements to be met by such trademarks, as well as examples of such trademarks, we advise you to consult the full Clearinghouse Guidelines, available in our Download section.

Total votes: 498

Yes, assignees are allowed to submit TM in the Clearinghouse. They fall into the category of Trademark holders. They will need to provide an assignee declaration.

Total votes: 470

Yes, licensees are allowed to submit TM in the Clearinghouse. They fall into the category of Trademark holders. They will need to provide a license declaration.

Total votes: 461

No, Trademark Agents are also admissible to submit a trademark record on behalf of the Trademark owner. Trademark Agents are entities or individuals authorized to act on behalf of the Trademark owner who have agreed to the Clearinghouse Validation Terms and Conditions for Trademark Agents.

Total votes: 444

Yes, trademarks in non-ASCII characters are accepted.

Total votes: 491

Yes, trademarks in IDN characters (Internationalized Domain Name) are accepted.

Total votes: 500

Yes, trademarks in both Latin as well as non-Latin script are accepted.

Total votes: 437

The Trademark Clearinghouse in itself is not a trademark office. If you want your trademark to become a registered trademark, it is best to contact your local trademark office or agent to find out how. Only after your trademark is registered can you include it in the Clearinghouse.

Apart from registered trademarks, the Clearinghouse also accepts marks protected by statute or treaty or court validated marks

 

Total votes: 250

Upon confirmation of payment and when your mark record has the status new, it has been submitted to the Clearinghouse. Please ensure that you have reviewed your order, selected the term of services and then click on submit.

Total votes: 146

Yes, any mark with at least one character is acceptable in the Clearinghouse. Please note however that all two-character labels will be withheld from registration or allocated to Registry Operator at the second level within the TLD in order to avoid confusion with country codes. Such labels may not be activated, and may not be released for registration to any person or entity other than Registry Operator, unless the Registry Operator reaches agreement with the related government and country-code manager of the string. The Registry Operator may also propose the release of these reservations based on its implementation of measures to avoid confusion with the corresponding country codes, subject to approval by ICANN.

Total votes: 193

While you are allowed to submit a trademark whose name is composed of different scripts (such as for instance Latin and Chinese characters), due to technical requirements imposed by ICANN, you must be aware that no labels will be generated. This means that while you might have a verified trademark, your SMD file will contain no labels and no trademark claims notifications will be sent to you as no labels will be attached to your trademark record.

Total votes: 232

You need to submit the record in the name of the new name  along with documentary evidence showing the change of name.

Total votes: 261

You need to first consult the new dot rule in the Clearinghouse Guidelines. If your trademark falls within the new dot rule requirements, you can send a service request to the customer support to re-correct the mark. For more information on creating a service request, please consult the Help Section/quick references.

Total votes: 301

No, only one trademark holder needs to submit the trademark record. The owner that is reported to the trademark Clearinghouse should sign the proof of use declaration.

Total votes: 208

This can happen if you, for instance, have changed the name of your trademark. Indeed when the name of the mark is incorrect, you need to change the name of the mark and to add as well the labels manually. If you forget to do this, no labels will be generated. To add the labels manually, please read the HOW TO.

 

This can also happen if your mark is composed of mixed scripts. Indeed due to technical requirements imposed by ICANN, you must be aware that no labels will be generated for marks composed of mixed scripts. This means that while you might have a verified trademark, your SMD file will contain no labels and no trademark claims notifications will be sent to you as no labels will be attached to your trademark record.

 

Total votes: 428

Yes, you can still submit your trademark but you should upload a copy of the trademark certificate and, if relevant, of the renewal certificate showing that the mark is still registered.

Total votes: 189

No, you should only indicate in the field detailed description of goods and services goods and services for which your trademark is still protected. For instance, if your trademark is registered in the United States and there are goods and services that are indicated between square brackets you should omit those as these goods and services are no longer covered by the registration according to the USPTO.

Total votes: 395

In the field “DESCRIPTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES CLASS” you should select “NA”. You should however always provide the detailed description in the field “DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES”.

Total votes: 406

You should provide the detailed description of goods and services in the language of the trademark certificate. If you want to submit it in another language, you should provide a certified translation with the trademark record.

Total votes: 435

No, you can already report a change of ownership even though it is not yet reflected in the records of the relevant trademark office. You should however provide us with the template transfer/assignee declaration available on the website of the Clearinghouse in order to evidence the change in ownership and select “assignee” as the status of the trademark holder.

Total votes: 524

You should submit the current address of the trademark holder in the trademark record along with additional documentary evidence, such as an extract of the company registration form, to enable the Clearinghouse to verify this information.

Total votes: 324

If you are registered with the Clearinghouse as a trademark holder, you cannot edit the address you have provided to the Clearinghouse when you registered as a trademark holder. This information as provided in the database from the Clearinghouse is indeed duplicated in multiple databases and any subsequent change would need to be automatically replicated in the other databases which is currently not possible. We are working on implementing a process to trigger this type of changes but at present we have to change the information manually.

Total votes: 598

Yes, the current character limit for the detailed description of goods and services for registered trademarks is 50000 bytes.

For court validated marks and marks protected by statute or treaty the character limit, for detailed description of goods and services, is 255 bytes.

Total votes: 537

Yes, you should provide a description of every class you have selected if the description is different from description and class number as provided in the description of goods and services class. The detailed description will be included in the SMD (sunrise file) as well as on the notification provided to a third party during the trademark claims services.

Total votes: 405

For a Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent who recorded or submitted one or more Trademark Records in the Clearinghouse during the Early Bird Registration Period (i.e. the period before the first Sunrise of the first new gTLD) for a period of one year, the initial Registration Period will begin from the date that the first Trademark Record has been registered or submitted in the Clearinghouse; the initial Registration Period will end on the first anniversary of the Early Bird Registration Period’s closing date (November 5th, 12:00 UTC).

For a Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent who did not record or submit a Trademark Record during the Early Bird Registration Period, but rather registered for one year, the initial Registration Period will begin as from the date the Trademark Record is recorded or submitted in the Clearinghouse, and ends on the first anniversary of such date.

Total votes: 519

The dates should be entered in YYYY-MM-DD format.

Total votes: 429

This depends on the type of trademarks you submit. Which information and documentary evidence will be required by the Clearinghouse is specified in details in the Clearinghouse Guidelines (available in our Download section)

Total votes: 418

This hyphen (-) will remain in the label automatically generated by the Clearinghouse, because the hyphen is a character which can be represented in the domain name system. You can find more information about the generation of labels in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 402

This list of labels is generated automatically based on the the name of your trademark. You will then be able to select from the list of automatically generated labels. You can find more information about the generation of labels in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 446

There is no time limit as to when you can submit your Trademark Record in the Clearinghouse. Nevertheless, in order to obtain Sunrise Services, you will need to submit a Trademark Record prior to the launch of the TLD in which you want to register your domain name during the Sunrise period.

Total votes: 524

The space present in the name of the trademark will be either omitted or replaced by a hyphen in the label. The labels are automatically generated by the Clearinghouse on the basis of the name of the trademark. You can find more information on the generation of labels by the Clearinghouse in the Clearinghouse Guidelines available on this website.

Total votes: 488

The character with the accent will be present in the label generated by the Clearinghouse. It will not be replaced by a character without accent as IDN characters are accepted by the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 401

It can take some time to verify a trademark record. Consequently, waiting too long to submit your trademark records could imply that you may miss a sunrise registration period for a specific new gTLD.

 

Total votes: 499

A one (1) year registration will require the renewal of the record. When recording a trademark record for three (3) or five (5) years the trademark record will be automatically renewed. This minimizes the chance of missing out on a sunrise period because your trademark was pending renewal.

In addition, it is not known when all gTLDs will launch their extensions. Submitting your trademark record for multiple years provides more peace of mind.

Total votes: 524

Yes, registering as a Trademark Agent will enable you to handle the trademark portfolio of several Trademark Holders through a unique Clearinghouse account.

Total votes: 463

Before you can submit a Trademark Record, you need to creat a user account, either as Trademark Holder or Trademark Agent.

- Go to https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com and click on Register

- After you've submitted the necessary details, the Clearinghouse will check your VAT (if applicable) and whether you appear on the SDN (Specially Designated Nationals) list. Please note that these checks can take up to 48 hours.

- Once this checks are completed, you will receive an e-mail with your user name and password and further instructions

For more details, consult our 'How to register' guide in the Help Center on the home page.

Total votes: 496

There is no maximum amount of domain name labels that can be linked to a Trademark Record within a single payment transaction. Upon registration of a Trademark Record, the Trademark Holder has the possibility to select additional domain names that can be associated with the Trademark Record, based on the Domain Name Matching Rules. Up to 10 domain names are included in the price of Trademark Registration. For each additional domain name label that is associated with the Trademark Registration, an additional cost will be calculated to the Trademark Holder.

Total votes: 513

After you've submitted the registration form, the Clearinghouse has to perform two checks:

1) Check your VAT number if applicable.
2) Check you are not on the Specially Designated Nationals list (SDN list)

PLEASE NOTE: these checks can take up to 48 hours. You will receive an email confirmation immediately afterwards.

Total votes: 481
  • You can submit your query through the general inquiries contact form.
  • Alternatively Trademark Clearinghouse support can also be reached by phone during Belgian business days from 8AM to 5PM UTC at +32.26394870. Please note that should your question not be of a technical nature you will be redirected to general inquiries by our customer support team.
  • If you have registered as a user but are awaiting the SDN check, we kindly ask you to keep in mind that this can take up to 48 hours.
Total votes: 601

No, you do not need to be an ICANN accredited registrar to register with the Clearinghouse.

Total votes: 435

We refer to the provision as laid down in the Terms and Conditions for Agents as published on our website.

Total votes: 441

Trademark Agents who register for a Prepayment Account automatically receive discounts as they earn Status Points. Registering as a Trademark Agent is a simple five step process:

  1. Fill out the Trademark Agent application form on our secured website https://secure.trademark-clearinghouse.com . This link will be accessible once the Clearinghouse has launched on March 26.
  2. The Clearinghouse will verify the data you entered:
    1. Check whether you or your company does not appear on the Specially Designated Nationals list (SDN list) *
    2. Check your VAT number if applicable
  3. If step 2 was successful, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, containing your user name and temporary password.
  4. The first time you login, we ask you to choose a new and final password to replace the temporary one. You can now download two documents:
    1. - your personalized Trademark Agent contract. Please print and sign this and then upload it again.
    2. - the pro-forma invoice, listing all the payment details needed for your wire transfer of the prepayment deposit.
  5. Once we’ve received the signed contract as well as the prepayment deposit, you’re ready to go!
*As part of its enforcement efforts, The US Office of Foreign Assets Control publishes a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. Collectively, such individuals and companies are called "Specially Designated Nationals" or "SDNs." Their assets are blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.
Total votes: 518

There are no technical requirements that have to be fulfilled to become a Trademark Agent. Any Trademark Agent can use both the web interface, as well as the automated interface.

Please note that before you receive your credentials, we have to check whether you appear on the SDN list (Specially Designated Nationals). This could take up to 48 hours to complete.

Total votes: 431

The terms and conditions will be final. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions then you will not be able to complete the registration process.

Total votes: 501