EU Court Clarifies Domain Name Rules For Trademark Owners

Law360, New York (July 19, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT) -- The European Union's high court on Thursday clarified rules for obtaining ".eu" domain names, finding that only companies with an established presence in the EU could take advantage of a special exclusivity period meant for trademark holders and their licensees.

Ruling on a dispute between Belgian eyewear company Pie Optiek SPRL and intellectual property consultant Bureau Gevers SA over the domain name "lensworld.eu," the EU Court of Justice said that in order to qualify for benefits that were open during the first few months domain names...
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