EURid and EUIPO strengthen their collaboration
As part of their collaboration formalised in 2016, EURid and EUIPO have expanded their services to holders of a European Union trade mark (EUTM). Since the start of this collaboration, EUTM applicants can easily check if an equivalent .eu domain name is available and eventually register it with the accredited registrars.
Some people have taken advantage of early publication of EUTM applications and registered the EUTM as a .eu domain name in bad faith. Effectively reducing the risk of such cyber-squatting infringements requires adopting preventive actions such as raising awareness and pro-actively informing the EUTM holders.
As of 18 May, holders and applicants of a EUTM can opt-in to receive alerts as soon as a .eu domain name is registered that is identical to their EUTM (application). By receiving such alert, EUTM holders are informed much faster and may take appropriate action much sooner.
In addition, a second consecutive letter of collaboration has been signed between EURid and EUIPO at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual meeting in Boston, strengthening cooperation between the two organizations.
With this collaboration, EURid and EUIPO take a stand against potential .eu domain abuse. To EURid, this is another important step forward to a more transparent and trustworthy online .eu space ensuring protection against potential fraudulent domain name usage.