Q. Can we submit the SMD instead of a claims acceptance?
A. No, SMD file cannot replace claims extension.
Q. Given the holder has a valid trademark, do they still have to accept the claims notice?
A. Yes, if the domain name is in Claims period you should include claims extension.
Notice that Claims period starts after Sunrise phase, so you do not have to send the SMD file for registering the name, only when overriding a DPML block during the Claims Period.
The following is the process to register a domain name subject to a claim:
1. Submit a check command with claims extension; the system will return a domain name with a Lookup Key.
2. Access the TMCH and submit the domain name Lookup Key to obtain a NoticeID, the Not-After-Date and Accepted-Date required to register a domain subjected to claims.
3. For instruction on how to download the CNIS file that contains the Lookup key please visit http://newgtlds.icann.org/sites/default/files/db-registrar-22oct13-en.pdf, the details are on section 3.4.2
NOTE: CNIS file can be requested and downloaded by using the Lookup Key received from your Registry. A CNIS file is used to create the TM Notice that is shown to the potential Registrant. Lookup Keys are unique and are related to one label only.
4. Once you have the NoticeID and the dates from Trademark Clearing House then you can register a domain name subjected to claims.
5. For information on registering a domain subjected to claims EPP code required, please visit our support website: https://identity.digital/knowledge-base/trademark-claims-notice-domain-create-with-claims-xml-example/