Representatives from Trademark Verification Service Provider Deloitte and Sunrise/Claims Service Provider IBM discuss the Trademark Clearinghouse.
My name is Jan Corstens and I am with Deloitte. I am overall responsible for the Trademark Clearinghouse as has been set up by ICANN. The Trademark Clearinghouse is ICANN’s cornerstone of their right protections mechanisms for the new gTLD program. It is going to be really central point where trademark owners will be able to add their protection for the new gTLDs program. What does that mean? Well, in principle it’s going to be a centralized database with validated trademarks.
Thank you Jan. My name is Dirk De Bevere for IBM and I am the overall lead for IBM’s involvement in ICANN’s new gTLD program and Trademark Clearinghouse. So as explained, we have been working for quite some time now as per Deloitte’s invitation to join forces on the project. They need the database, which is owned by ICANN Data, but it’s developed and managed by ourselves. Based on the database, there are really two components that will provide the service to the registries, registrars and the entire community. Those are the Sunrise Services and Claims Services. We are in a very excited point in time right now with serious milestones coming up in the next two to three months. So as of last week, we’ve got our first destiny environment available for the various parties to collect to the environment and start doing preliminary testing. As of the end of this month, the Sunrise environment will be available and for testing, it will be in production on August 9th (2013) and then one month later on the 9th, the Claims environment will also be available into production and already available for testing two weeks earlier. So say by the end of early September, the entire environment for Sunrise and Claim Services will also be at the availability or at the disposition of registries, registrars and the community.