PROTECT YOUR TRADEMARKS
Eligibility in the TMCH is limited to active registered trademarks from a national or multi-national jurisdiction. Also covered are trademarks validated by a court order or treaty.
There are two protection services enabled by the TMCH:
Once a trademark is accepted by the TMCH, it will automatically be enrolled in the Trademark Claims process for all new TLD's. Trademark Claims is a 90-day window during the launch of a TLD. Whenever a potential registrant applies for a domain name that matches a trademark in the TMCH, they will receive a message informing them of the existence of the claim. If the registrant proceeds with the registration, the claimant(s) will receive a notice of the event.
A domain name will trigger a clams notice if it is an exact match or if the domain name was subject to a successful UDRP for the trademark. There are rules for replacing special characters in trademarks into the more limited set of characters allowed for domain names.
Trademark owners may also be declared eligible to participate in any Sunrise Period if they provide a Declaration of Use and a Proof-of-Use specimen for their trademark. Once accepted, they may register during a Sunrise Period for domain names for exact matches of their trademark only.
All Sunrise Periods require that you provide a special token from the TMCH to proove you are eligible to participate in the Sunrise Period. EnCirca will store this token for you and issue it to you upon request.
You will need to sign an authorization agreement to allow EnCirca to submit your trademarks to the TMCH on your behalf. To start this process, please fill out the TMCH Sign-up Request Form.
In parallel, you can start collecting the trademarks you want to submit to the TMCH. To help with this effort, download our TMCH Worksheet that includes all of the data you will need to provide for your trademarks. We will let you know which supporting documents will be required.