Intellectual Property Alert: New Trademark Clearinghouse Helps Trademark Owners Police Domain Names

As Internet use grows exponentially, the Internet is soon to be opened up to more than a thousand new “top level domains.”  These will be in addition to the current 22 top level domains, such as .com, .org, .net, and others.  The new top level domains range from generic terms, such as lawyer and auction, to company names.  To help trademark owners police the possibility of their marks being used in domain names across these many new top level domains and domain name registries, a centralized Trademark Clearinghouse  (“TMCH”) has been created to be a single central registry for registered trademarks.  Click here to read the alert.