Trademark Clearing House

The Trademark Clearing House is an entity set up by ICANN where holders of well known trademarks may record their marks.  The effect of registration is threefold –

  • First the trademark holder gets priority on registering new top level domains (TLDs) containing its trademark;
  • Second the trademark holder is notified if any person registers a domain containing its marks; and,
  • Third, a party registering a domain name containing a trademark is warned of the trademark holder’s claim prior to completing registration.

There are some advantages to registering with the Trademark Clearing House – particularly it helps with claims of wilful registration of an infringing domain and to challenge any assertion of good faith by a registrant of a name incorporating a well known trademark.


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