[council] Protecting Trademark Rights in New gTLDs: Selection of Trademark Clearinghouse Service Providers
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Protecting Trademark Rights in New gTLDs: Selection of Trademark Clearinghouse
1 June 2012
ICANN is pleased to announce that it is working with
Deloitte<http://www.deloitte.com/> and IBM<http://www.ibm.com/> on
implementation of Trademark Clearinghouse services.
The Trademark Clearinghouse will function as an information repository,
offering authentication and validation services for trademark data. Trademark
holders and gTLD registry operators will rely on the Clearinghouse to support
rights protection mechanisms for the new gTLD space. The Clearinghouse is
designed to be available globally, with capabilities for validating trademark
data from multiple global regions.
In accordance with the direction set by the community, the authentication and
database administration functions of the Clearinghouse are separated. Upon the
anticipated execution of final agreement(s), Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services
(a department of Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren BV ovve CVBA) will serve as the
authenticator/validator service provider, and IBM [International Business
Machines of Belgium sprl / bvba] will provide technical database administration
services. Both Parties will subcontract IPClearingHouse BVBA (aka CHIP) in
order to facilitate theses services.
Both providers are highly qualified, with significant experience, technical
capacity, and proven ability to manage and support processes.
About Deloitte: "Deloitte" is the brand under which her member firms offer a
broad range of audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk and tax services to
clients all over the world. In this respect, Deloitte's validation team has
been provided the opportunity to manage several successful Sunrise validation
processes for many ccTLDs and gTLDs, including but not limited to .ASIA, .TEL,
.ME, .CO, .SO.
About IBM: IBM is an industry pioneer and has deep and broad experience. IBM
knows how to play the role of a strategic partner - one that will bring
industry thought leadership to the table and proactively contribute to
customers' business and IT strategy. IBM has one of the largest global
infrastructures, which has led to economies of scale that is passed on to its
customers. IBM's excellent IT professionals and ability to leverage
intellectual capital has led to one of the most respected groups of IT skills
in the industry.
These service providers have been selected out of a process of consideration in
accordance with the Request for
issued 3 October 2011. Requirements for candidate service providers included:
a demonstrated understanding of the issues concerning global intellectual
property rights and the Internet, global capability to authenticate and
validate trademark information, and experience designing, building, and
operating secure transaction processing systems with 24/7/365 availability.
ICANN has also sought candidates with a proven ability to manage and support
processes in multiple languages, in addition to fulfillment of the technical
ICANN is currently working with Deloitte and IBM to build and prepare for
operation of Trademark Clearinghouse services to support the new gTLDs. Both
firms will take part in the public discussion refining technical and operating
Information about the Trademark Clearinghouse, including the current
implementation model, and estimated fees, is available at
http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/about/trademark-clearinghouse. This page is a new
resource and will be updated on a regular basis to track progress toward launch
of the Clearinghouse operations.
Glen de Saint Géry