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TMCH and DPML: Smart Brand Protection

The floodgates for new TLDs are now open. ICANN has already delegated over 100 new TLDs and many of those have already commenced their sunrise registration phases. And over the next year, we will see hundreds of more new TLDs introduced into the domain name space. So what does this mean for brands and trademark holders?  While the new TLDs may be used as an additional marketing, sales, and support channel, they also expose brands and trademarks to additional risk.

To protect brands, included in the roll-out process of new TLDs, ICANN has mandated the creation of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).  The Clearinghouse is designed to serve as the centralized database for the protection of trademark holders' rights during the launch of the new gTLDs. HEXONET is pleased to offer the TMCH to its resellers and customers.

HEXONET’s TMCH service, available via the Control Panel or API, is intended to save clients time as a “one-stop-shop” solution, making it easier to submit various trademark applications across multiple TLDs at once.  

How TMCH Works:


TMCH Trademark Claims

Trademark Claims are a component of the Trademark Clearinghouse that monitors registered marks for Trademark Holders. Whenever a third party attempts to register a domain with a verified trademark, both the domain name registrant and trademark holder will be warned of possible infringements.

Trademark Claims Highlights:


DPML: Security in Bulk!

Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) is a new protection program offered by Donuts Inc. (holder of the largest portfolio of new gTLDs to be released in 2014). This program was designed to help companies protect their brands and IP rights by blocking all second level registrations (only accross all Donuts TLDs) with one simple submission into the DPML.  Again, with one trademark submission, brand and trademark owners can prevent cybersquatting across all Donuts TLDs at a fraction of the cost (compared to defensively registering all domain across all Donuts TLDs individually).

Benefits for Trademarks Registered with DPML

Click here to view the complete list of Donuts' TLDs.


Please note that HEXONET's wiki contains more details, including FAQs and the required documentation for the TMCH and DPML service:

Should you require any additional help, please do not hesitate to contact us at:  [email protected].