All new gTLD Registries, and contracted Registrars, need to work with the Trademark Clearinghouse to provide Sunrise and Claims services. These services are rights protection mechanisms for trademark holders that have recorded their marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse. The information below is intended to help Registries and Registrars better understand the technical aspects and processes related to providing Sunrise and Claims services during TLD Startup.
Registry and Registrar Certification
For registries and registrars to access the Clearinghouse data, they must have access to a test environment to ensure that their systems are connecting properly. Once certification testing has been completed, registries and registrars are able to use the production environment for the Clearinghouse services.
Download the official list of Registrars that have fully executed the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement and received certification from IBM, which oversees the database of all verified trademarks.
Certification Process for Trademark Database
|Step||Registry Process||Registrar Process|
|1||Registry Agreement Executed||2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement Executed|
|2||Registry Operator supplies Trademark Database contact information to ICANN||
Registrar requests token from customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Request must include
Request should come from Registrar Primary Contact via Primary Contact email address. Other sources may be considered if adequately explained.
|3||Registry Services provides a TMDB token to the TMDB contact||ICANN Customer Service provides a token to the TMDB contact|
|4||Registry Operator uses the TMDB website to create user credentials using the token||Registrar uses the TMDB website to create user credentials using the token|
|5||User credentials are emailed to the TMDB contact email address||User credentials are emailed to the TMDB contact email address|
|6||Registry Operator completes functional testing in the TMDB site||Registrar completes testing (TMDB Test Services) in the TMDB site|
|7||IBM certifies successful completion of testing & notifies Registry Operator and ICANN||IBM certifies successful completion of testing & notifies Registrar and ICANN|
|8||Registry Operator provides start up information to ICANN||Registrar is free to contract with new registries|
|9||Registry Services reviews and approves start up information (follow up may be required if issues are found)||ICANN GDD Operations updates the Certified Registrars List|
|10||TMDB account is ready for use|
- Presentation [PDF, 5.56 MB] – The Trademark Database (TMDB) Explained for Registrars
- Webinar - The Trademark Database (TMDB) Explained for Registry Operators
- Presentation [PDF, 2.02 MB] - The Trademark Database (TMDB) Explained for Registry Operators
Sunrise and Claims User Manuals
Learn how to access and navigate the Trademark Clearinghouse interface.
Registration and Platform Access Information
Get started with the Operational Testing & Evaluation and Production Platforms
- Process Document [PDF, 639 KB] (Updated 27 May 2014)
- Registry Process Diagram [PDF, 132 KB] (Updated 27 May 2014)
- Registrar Process Diagram [PDF, 129 KB] (Updated 27 May 2014)
TLD Startup Information
Submit TLD Startup Information, request Sunrise and Claims dates and request an exemption from further TMCH integration testing.
- TLD Launch Process Document [PDF, 627 KB] (Updated 27 May 2014)
- TLD Launch Process Diagram [PDF, 203 KB] (Updated 27 May 2014)
- TMCH Integration Testing Certification Exemption Request Process [PDF, 329 KB] (Published 10 February 2014)
- TMCH Certification Exemption Request Template [DOCX, 118 KB] (Published 10 February 2014)
Trademark Clearinghouse Rights Protection Mechanism Documentation
- View the TMCH Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements [PDF, 388 KB]
- Read the FAQ [PDF, 387 KB] (Published 12 November 2013)
- View Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact IBM Support.
- Email: ICANNSD@nl.ibm.com
- Phone: +32 2 711 8604 or +48 7 1760 8509
- Registries: Submit an inquiry to ICANN via the Customer Service Portal
- General: Email ICANN at email@example.com
Signed Mark Data Files
A Signed Mark Data (SMD) file is a token demonstrating that minimum eligibility requirements for Sunrise have been verified by the Clearinghouse. The SMD can be used by the Trademark holder to apply for a Domain Name during the sunrise period. Learn more [PDF, 400 KB] (Published 29 August 2013).
SMD Testing files are intended to help Registries and Registrars in their integration efforts with the Trademark Clearinghouse in advance of delegation. Review information below:
- SMD Testing Files Overview v.1.4 [PDF] (Updated 01 June 2018)
- Test SMD Revocation List v.1.4 [CSV] (Updated 01 June 2018)
- Active SMD v.1.4 (Updated 01 June 2018)
- Revoked SMD v.1.4 (Updated 01 June 2018)
- Invalid SMD v.1.4 (Updated 01 June 2018)
- Revoked TMV Certificate v.1.4 (Updated 01 June 2018)
- Set of IDN test-SMDs (Updated 01 June 2018)
Revoking an SMD is the process of invalidating an SMD before its expiration date. The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may invalidate an SMD for several reasons, including security or data validation issues. The list (SMDRL) of revoked SMDs is maintained as part of the Trademark Database (TMCH) and published as specified in section 6.2 of the TMCH Functional Specifications. If your product uses SMDs, you must verify that the SMD has not been revoked as described in section 5.3.2 of the aforementioned Internet-draft.
Signed Mark Data Revocation List (SMDRL)
Registries and Registrars of new gTLDs have access to the SMDRL from the TMCH as part of the RPM requirements, and other parties may request access from ICANN. If you are interested in accessing the SMDRL, please send an email to SMDRL@icann.org using a subject line of "SMDRL Access Request."