Mark and Signed Mark Objects Mapping
RFC 7848

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (June 2016; No errata)
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         G. Lozano
Request for Comments: 7848                                         ICANN
Category: Standards Track                                      June 2016
ISSN: 2070-1721

                  Mark and Signed Mark Objects Mapping

Abstract

   Domain Name Registries (DNRs) may operate in special modes for
   certain periods of time, enabling trademark holders to protect their
   rights during the introduction of a Top-Level Domain (TLD).

   One of those special modes of operation is the Sunrise Period.  The
   Sunrise Period allows trademark holders an advance opportunity to
   register domain names corresponding to their trademarks before names
   are generally available to the public.

   This document describes the format of a mark and a digitally signed
   mark used by trademark holders for registering domain names during
   the Sunrise Period of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs).  Three types
   of Mark objects are defined in this specification: registered
   trademarks, court-validated marks, and marks protected by statue or
   treaty.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7848.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Object Description  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.1.  Holder and Contact Objects  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.2.  Mark  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     2.3.  Signed Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     2.4.  Encoded Signed Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   3.  Formal Syntax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     3.1.  Signed Mark Schema  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     3.2.  Mark Schema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
   6.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     6.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     6.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24

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RFC 7848                  Mark and Signed Mark                 June 2016

1.  Introduction

   Domain Name Registries (DNRs) may operate in special modes for
   certain periods of time enabling trademark holders to protect their
   rights during the introduction of a Top-Level Domain (TLD).

   One of those special modes of operation is the Sunrise Period.  The
   Sunrise Period allows trademark holders an advance opportunity to
   register domain names corresponding to their trademarks before names
   are generally available to the public.

   This specification was defined as part of the development of the
   ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).  The ICANN TMCH is a global
   repository for trademark data used by DNRs, registrars, and trademark
   holders during the registration process of domain names.

   This document describes a mapping of the common elements found in
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