ICANN has just revealed that the first new gTLD might be opened for registration in the very near future.
Registered to the root of the Internet as soon as the beginning of this summer, new gTLDs implementation should be followed by a Sunrise notice period from August 29th to September 27th this year, for trademarks owners.
ICANN created the Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) so as to allow owners to exercise a better control over the registration of domain names incorporating trademarks. Indeed, once trademarks are registered in the TMCH database, owners benefit from the priority registration period – the Sunrise Period – and are notified when a third party registers identical or similar domain names.
As from now, Dreyfus, TMCH accredited agent, advices owners to register their trademarks in the TMCH Database so as to benefit from this great advantage before the Landrush and the General Availability periods.