As readers of this blog are undoubtedly well aware, ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will offer a centralized database of authenticated registered trademarks, to protect brands in the soon to be existing new gTLD world.
A few days ago, the TMCH revealed it’s pricing scheme in a detailed 9 page summary. Users of the TMCH must choose between a Basic or Advance fee structure, based upon a desire to pay single transaction fees or advance certain pre-payment amounts.
Registrants may select several service options, ranging from basic Registration in the TMCH, for 1, 3 or 5 years; Trademark Renewal for an existing nearly expiring Registration; and the possibility to select Additional Domain Names to be linked to a Registration.
The Basic fee to register a single trademark, the transaction that most trademark owners will end up using, is $150 per year, payable by credit card; matching the amounts previously promised by ICANN.
TMCH also proposes an Advanced fee structure involving use of a Prepayment Account, through which registrants can earn Status Points towards small discounts. Trademark Agents or Holders who selected this route can accumulate Points through multiple new registrations, longer terms registrations or registering during the Early bird Registration Periods. However, it takes 3,000 points (and nearly the same amount of yearly registrations ordered) before Registrants are offered the second tier price of $135 per registration.
Here is a link to this Fee Structure Summary: http://trademark-clearinghouse.com/pdf/TMCH_fee_structure_21-01-2013.pdf
Trademark owners have plenty of time to register their IP rights before the first new gTLD will go live and open its Sunrise period. However, even after Sunrise period, each Registry must remain stay connected to TMCH for at least 60 days and trademark holders can choose to be notified when someone registers a domain name that match their Trademark. In addition to these services, TMCH will offer support for Registries, agents and trademark holders, and offer a Dispute Resolution System addressing disputes arising out of operating the Clearinghouse.
The Clearinghouse is implemented by Deloitte, serving as the authenticator and validator service provider; whilst IBM will provide technical database administration services. This is it’s main page http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com