Posted on 7/11/2019 1:36:19 AM By Daniel L. Rogna

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is set to expand its ongoing notifications service in a major win for brand owners.

Since its inception in 2013, the TMCH has provided notifications to vetted brand owners whenever an exact-match domain name was registered in one of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).  For example, this service would alert the brand owner for "BRAND" when <> was registered by a third party, thereby alerting the BRAND owner to the potential cybersquatting and misuse.
Now, the TMCH is expanding the service beyond the new gTLDs to cover several legacy TLDs:
  • .cat
  • .coop
  • .jobs
  • .mobi
  • .museum
  • .net
  • .pro
  • .tel
  • .travel
  • .xxx
This expansion is a positive development for brand owners, particularly the inclusion of .NET.  The TMCH notifications service has proved to be a cost-effective alternative to traditional watch services, with TMCH recordation currently costing $145 for 1 year, $435 for 3 years, and $725 for 5 years. There is evidence that the TMCH has been an effective deterrent to cybersquatters.  In addition, recordation at the TMCH provides access the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), which allows for a quick, inexpensive alternative for addressing domain name infringement. 
Hopefully, the TMCH continues to bolster its service by adding additional legacy TLDs and ccTLDs.
Partridge Partners is a TMCH registered agent. Please contact us if you are interested in recording your trademarks with the TMCH or discussing other intellectual property protections.