DPML stands for the Domains Protected Marks List. The product is related to Donuts Inc. domain names. Donuts is the largest registry operator for new gTLDs. They manage over 238 new TLDs currently and are expected to add more.
The company is well-resourced by substantial funding from multi-billion dollar private equity and venture capital funds. Donuts' financial resources are extensive. According to their website, they have raised more than US$100 million from capital sources including several multi-billion dollar venture capital and private equity funds, a top-tier bank, and other well-capitalized investors and are prepared and able to consider additional funding. Company investors are listed as Austin Ventures, Adams Street Partners, Emergence Capital Partners, TL Ventures, Generation Partners, Stahurricane, Comerica Bank, & Columbia Partners Investment Management. According to Donuts, these investors aggregately manage over $28 billion in investments.
Brand owners can add their trademark-related terms into the DPML and have them blocked from registration at the second level in all Donuts-top-level domains (Donuts TLDs). DPML protects trademarks holders against cybersquatting at a fraction of what it would cost to defensively register the terms in Donuts TLDs.
How Does DPML Work?
Brand owners must submit an exact match of their mark(s), or a term that contains their exact match mark(s). Once a term is accepted, that term is blocked from registration in all Donuts TLDs for an initial period of five or ten years. A DPML subscription then can be renewed in increments of one to ten years. A domain blocked by DPML is not functional, meaning it may not be used for a website URL, e-mail address or other type of domain-related functionality.
Each DPML subscription applies across all TLDs operated by Donuts and cannot be applied to a subset of Donuts TLDs. The earlier a DPML subscription is purchased, the more useful it is. Because a DPML subscription does not block registrations made prior to that subscription, we recommend customers utilize DPML before the launch of the Donuts TLD.
You can use our Trademark Clearinghouse to register your mark. The mark must be registered according to the "use" standard, which is the same standard for registration during the Sunrise period.
Use the search above with your term's string. The string will be assigned a .dpml (for DPML Basic) or .plus.dpml (for DPML Plus) extension.
Follow our checkout. Once it is accepted, that term is blocked from registration for all Donut TLDs.
DPML Plus blocks strings across all Donuts and Rightside domain endings, including standard, premium, and potential future domains. The number of blocked strings may increase as more domain endings are added to the Donuts offering, as will your coverage.
In addition to your block of one exact match string, you can add three more strings at no extra charge. They can be any combination of "misspells" and/or "contains". You are not just limited to the three extra strings. More can be added for an additional fee beyond the first three.
If you would like to use a blocked domain, you can simply override the block. You will receive unlimited overrides for the duration of the ten-year term, and only pay the registration fee of the domain(s) you override.
Another party with the same TMCH validation cannot override your override.
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