While the huge amount of new domain extensions provides users with more choice, it results at the same time in an increase of fraudulent activities. With over 1500 domain extensions available, it has become more and more difficult for companies to monitor their brand online and protect their customers from fraudulent abuse.
Shutting down and recovering a fraudulently used domain name, can be costly and depending on the country of operation of the fraudster, it’s sometimes impossible due to flawed local legal systems. Fraud prevention saves trademark holders time and resources and is always favoured over recovery from reputational damage. The combination of TMCH and DPML offers any concerned company and trademark holder the best possible protection from phishing, fraud and trademark infringement.
The Trademark Clearinghouse is a project operated in collaboration with ICANN, the highest Internet authority. Registering a trademark with TMCH helps the trademark holder to protect and monitor their trademark through a combination of interlinking functions.Contact Us
This function allows them to register their brand name under any of the new extensions before the extension is opened to the general public. This means that trademark owners can decide long before everyone else, if they wish to secure their brand name under the respective new extension.
Within the first 90 days after the launch of any new generic extension, people who try to register a name that is registered in the TMCH database, will see a notification/warning that they are about to register a name over which somebody else holds the rights. They are advised to stop the registration process in case they are not the legitimate owner of the trademark. This reduces the amount of fraudulent registrations by third parties significantly.
In case the Claims Notice does not stop the fraudster from registering the name, the trademark holder will receive an email from our system showing the IP address from which the order was sent as well as the contact information of the person who registered the domain. All this information helps when taking legal action. The Claims Notifications service is continued without time limit, as long as the registration with TMCH exists and is being renewed.
The DPML is a special brand protection service offered by, Donuts and Rightside, two of the new domain registries. The DPML builds on the TMCH service and can only be ordered and remain active as long as the respective trademark has an active TMCH registration.Contact Us
The DPML allows trademark holders to completely block their brand name under the 200+ new generic extensions managed by the two registries, Donuts and Rightside.
It’s then impossible for any third party to register a domain with their brand name under any of the covered extensions. Only the holder of the trademark has the right to request the removal of the lock in order to register their name. This has to be done on an extension-to-extension basis.
For big companies that want to secure their trademark under as many extensions as possible, it’s more economic to protect their brand via the DPML than to register it under every single one of the extensions.
The DPML prevents third parties from using their brand for fraudulent activities but still enables the trademark holder to use the domain themselves if they wish to do so. Together with the TMCH, Trademark holders can achievew with the DPML maximum coverage and protection but retain the right to register their brand name under any of the covered extensions. Please see the DPML extensions list.
The positive development of more people having access to the Internet, comes unfortunately with the down-side of increasing numbers of fraudsters, identity thieves and scammers that try to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Online Security and protecting one’s identity and assets, whether personal or professional, plays an increasingly important role in everyday life.
With so many cheap, easy to use and simple solutions available, there’s no excuse for not protecting yourself, your online business and your customers from fraud and phishing attempts and scams. Recovering from reputational and financial damage can be a long and expensive process and is often impossible. Better safe than sorry; ensure you’re covered with the right security products and services.
Protection starts with your domain account. Our control panel includes a Two-Step verification (TSV) process (also known as Two-Factor Authentication - TFA). The TSV adds an additional step to the login process; a passcode sent to your mobile phone, meaning that only you have access. Without your mobile phone and the passcode, no unauthorised person can login to your domain account and hi-jack your domains or domain portfolio.