We are TMCH, the original Trademark Clearinghouse started in 2006 and dedicated to promoting safe and responsible Internet use. Please do not confuse us with ICANN and the ClearingHouse for Intellectual Property because of their inexplicable decision to use our service marks as the domain and tradename for their mark dispute resolution process, which is supported financially by mark owners. If you have any doubts about who they work for or who will be protected by their dispute resolution process, just look at the types of services they offer on their original website http://ipclearinghouse.org.
For those of you who have not heard, and there are many of you, ICANN has been persuaded to give a company called the ClearingHouse for Intellectual Property the power to decide mark disputes arising from domain registrations before domain registrants (the individuals who register a domain through a registrar--like GoDaddy, Namecheap, 1&1, etc.) can get control of their new domains. That means registrants of new domains will not be able to use our services any longer because you will no longer get immediate control of your new domains. Any mark owner that wants your new domain can make you wait up to 60 days before you can get control of it, if they don't take it from you first.
But if you already have your domain, we still offer a free safehaven for owners of domain names that may infringe someone else's trademark or service mark.
If you have been contacted by someone claiming that one or more of your domain names violates an established trademark or service mark,
you can avoid risk while your domain dispute is being resolved by following these 2 simple steps:
1. Forward your domain name to http://www.trademarkclearinghouse.com. This means anyone typing in your domain will be bounced to this website.
2. Change the REGISTRANT of the domain(s) to TM Clearing House, LLC so the mark owner will have to deal with us instead of bothering you. You can do this without worries because we will never claim ownership of your domain(s). Make a screen capture of this page for proof.
ONCE YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THESE 2 STEPS,
YOU CAN THEN EMAIL attorney David Nance at D.W. Nance, LLC TO GET A FREE LEGAL OPINION ABOUT YOUR DOMAIN DISPUTE. Mr. Nance will help you get a fair resolution to your domain dispute.
If you don't want to try to keep your domain name
but don't like the idea of just giving it up to someone threatening you,
simply email our attorney to arrange to have the domain name transferred to one of
registrar accounts and we will deal with anyone claiming prior rights.
If we are eventually successful in the mark infringement dispute,
you have the option to recover the domain name by paying our costs, which
will not be more than $1,000.
TM Clearing House, LLC is owned by David W. Nance, an attorney licensed in Florida, Louisiana, New York and Texas with contact information at www.dwnance.com.
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