What is the Clearinghouse?

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is the most important rights protection mechanism built into ICANN’s new gTLD program. Its' a centralized database of verified trademarks, that is connected to each and every new gTLD that will launch.

  • As a brand owner, you can submit your trademark data into our one centralized database, both prior to and during the launch of new gTLDs.
  • After we've verified those data, you'll receive an SMD file. This unique key gives you access to participate in every Sunrise period of the new TLDs. Having your trademark in the Clearinghouse is the minimum condition to be able to register your corresponding domain name during the Sunrise period.
  • In addition, you will be notified when someone registers a domain name that matches your trademark record in the Clearinghouse. This way you will immediately be aware of any possible infringement of your trademark in a new gTLD