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Did ICANN Launch It’s Trademark Clearinghouse Today?

March 26, 2013

… and Am I the First Domain Blog To Report On It? 

Perhaps I am behind the ball here and ICANN has once again postponed another of its deadlines, but it was projected that today would be the official launch of ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse, and the news of its launch has already been reported by several tech blogs and in a registrar newsletter I received this morning.

Still, I’ve not seen coverage from other domain blogs today.  I normally expect sites like DomainIncite, TheDomains, and DomainNameWire to be on top of a story like this, so I”m quite surprised to be the one to break this news, but there you have it.

It’s been reported in a few places, such as ZDNet, PCWorld, and others that today marks the opening of ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse.

From Trademark-Clearinghouse.com (who’s homepage now states, ‘Open for Registrations’) …

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.

And here is a copy of the Trademark Clearinghouse Guidelines, if you should care to peruse.

If anyone has a better beat on this story and I’ve missed something, do drop a comment below.  Thanks.

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