What is the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)?

In the past, we’ve talked about the liberalization of domain name extensions. In those occasions, we were leaving a glimpse of the potential problems of trademark rights, between others, that could be found and we mentioned as an example the reason why the extension was not accepted.

Trademark Clearinghouse

The establishment of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) increases the possibility to have a corporative identity on the internet. In particular, it is possible to differentiate themselves and have an extension corresponding to its trademark or the company name. Obviously, this liberalization comes with its negative side which is the emergence of new abuses, such as cybersquatting, and other practices contrary to the rights of intellectual property.

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Registered trademarks and new xxx domains

In this post we return to the birth of the new xxx domains extension that emerged in September 2011.

A new top level domain name registration is forthcoming, under the extension “xxx”, intended to identify online adult entertainment industry.


To prevent cybersquatting practices, a preventive phase has been defined with this new domain name for those registered trademark owners who are not part of that industry, in which they can preserve these domains for defensive purposes.

Cybersquatting is defined as the act of registering a domain name, knowing that another holds a previous right, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith in order to find a profit usually from a well-known trademark owned by a third party. The cyber squatter then offers to sell said domain to the legitimate owner, which is the one who owns a trademark identical or similar to the conflictive domain name.