Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Domain Name Industry and European Trademark Reform

Extract: "We believe the proposed language is unnecessary and superfluous given that the rights conferred by a Community Trade Mark already extend to Internet domain names. In essence, the proposed language is sloppy and poorly suited for the dynamic nature of the Internet. In practice, the proposed language will likely, inter alia: improperly elevate all domain names as being analogous to “a trade or company name”; invite new legal arguments that the European Union has explicitly expanded the rights conferred by a Community Trade Mark; and erode safe harbors for contributory causes of action against domain name registration authorities".

Source: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/pritz-to-chehade-crocker-05feb15-en.pdf.

Reminder:
  • Trademarks can register their Chinese .TRADEMARK domain name;
  • To participate in a Sunrise Period, Brands should submit their trademark data into the Trademark Clearinghouse and check the calendar;
  • To promote new gTLDs "a different way", contact Jovenet Consulting.

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