We have not even reached the first year anniversary of the first New gTLD and marks are already expiring at the TMCH.
So far 33,902 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 18th of November 2014.
Trademark holders had the option to choose between a 1 year trademark registration with the Trademark Clearinghouse or a multiple-year registration. About half (50,61%) of the trademark holders opted for the 1 year registration and already 1,181 marks have expired from a total of about 10,000+ marks coming up for renewal in the next few months.
So while the Trademark Clearinghouse added 909 trademarks in these past couple of months it lost 1,181 marks due to registration expiration. So the TMCH lost 272 marks in the past couple of months and expirations are just starting.
Trademark submissions are not slowing down as fast as I expected but with the mark renewals coming up probably the total of registered marks will come down.
There have been 112,943 notifications sent out to TM holders so far. This means that 112,943 (the actual number is a lot less) new gTLD domain names have been registered that contain a mark that is registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. The registered domains are probably less than 112,943 as when a domain, that consists of a trademark that is registered by multiple parties in the Trademark Clearinghouse, is registered then multiple notifications are sent to TM holders.
On itself that doesn’t mean something to me as it is getting more difficult with each passing day to find a dictionary term that is not registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse and because of availability most of the New gTLD domains that are registered consist of just 1 word. Most common terms such as “insurance” or even the letter “e” are trademarked.
I am almost certain that almost 99.9% of these 112,943 domain registrations do not infringe on any trademark. Of course it all depends on the usage.
50,61% of the trademarks are registered for multiple years and 97.5% of the marks have been verified. I am not sure what they mean by “verified” because there are a lot of questionable marks that are used to by top domain names in sunrise such this and this and of course these. And the percentage of unverified marks has once again increased. And if you think that 2.5% is a small number, it is not. We are talking for 848 unverified marks.