TMCH launches ‘ongoing notifications’ service


The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will begin notifying right holders about suspected cybersquatting for an indefinite period from today, May 1.

It has also revealed that around 30,000 trademarks have been registered in its database.

For 90 days after each new generic top-level domain (gTLD) launches, the TMCH warns registrants that they might be cybersquatting if they register a domain matching a TMCH mark.

If the domain is registered, the right holder is told, and to date 43,253 notifications have been sent to IP owners.   

Under the ‘ongoing notifications’ period service, the TMCH is now extending the service for right holders indefinitely, although it only applies to gTLDs that have been available for 90 days. These include addresses such as .guru and .clothing.

The service comes at no extra cost and is not mandatory.

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