The claims check is a new procedure that applies to the new domain extensions (new gTLDs) only. It adds an extra level of protection for trademark holders registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and it takes place during the Landrush and General Availability phases. Landrush and General Availability periods.
This article will explain:
This checking procedure begins once a new domain extension finishes its Sunrise phase. The new domain extensions usually follow an agreed sequence of launch phases. The Sunrise or Trademark holders phase, is the opening period and each new domain extension has one, lasting at least 30 days.
The claims check is a procedure that applies to the new domain extensions only. It offers an extra level of protection to trademark holders registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. New domain extension registrations are compared with the list of registered trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse database, looking for any matches.
When you apply for a domain name during the registration periods following Sunrise, we are required to perform a claims check with the Trademark Clearinghouse.
We will compare your applied-for domain name with the Trademark Clearinghouse database. This database holds trademarks that have been registered by their holders, as protection during the introduction of the new domain extensions. If your chosen domain name matches any of the registered trademarks, we will send you a claims check notification in which you will be asked to acknowledge that your registration may potentially infringe on the registered rights of a third party.
Subject: Urgent [DOMAIN_NAME] action required
Hello [customer’s name],
You have pre-registered [DOMAIN_NAME] with EuroDNS, but further action is required before your domain name can be registered.
To avoid possible trademark infringements, we are required to complete a claims check with the Trademark Clearinghouse, this protects both you and trademark holders.
Our checks show that [DOMAIN_NAME] exactly matches a trademark registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse, and before your domain can be registered you need to read and accept the terms and conditions of the claims notice. This needs to be completed within 48 hours.
To read and accept the claims notice, please follow this link and follow the on-screen instructions.
Unless the terms and conditions of this claims notice are accepted within 48 hours we will be unable to proceed with your pre-registration, and your order will be cancelled.
Further information about trademark claim notices and the new registration process for new domain extensions can be found here on our support site.
The EuroDNS Team
If your applied-for domain matches a registered trademark, we will send you a claims check notification email with the Subject: Urgent [DOMAIN_NAME]action required. Your domain name will be entered accordingly.
- The claims email will contain a link to a claims notice. You are asked to read the terms and conditions of this claims notice.
- Having read the terms and conditions, you are then asked to accept them if you would like to proceed with your registration despite the match.
- The terms and conditions of the claims notice need to be accepted within 48 hours of receipt of the notification email. If this deadline is missed, your order may be delayed whilst we generate a new claims check.
If you choose to accept the claims notice, your registration will proceed. Please be aware that the owner of the trademark you are matching will be informed. The trademark owner may then contact you if they consider the registration is an infringement of their rights.
If you choose to cancel your application due to the match, do not accept the claims notice and your order will be cancelled. No further action is required on your part.