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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 25, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 10/20)
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Closer Collaboration with Domain Name Registry

EUIPO and EURid are set to intensify collaboration to support trademark and domain name applicants and owners, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). EURid is responsible for domain name registry for the .eu, .ею and .ευ top-level domains.

At present, EU trademark applicants are advised whether their trademark is available as a .eu domain name at the end of the online application process at EUIPO. Applicants and holders can also set up alerts to be informed once a .eu domain name that matches their trademark is registered.

Under a new work programme the EUIPO and EURid will explore the possibility of implementing a reciprocal process when a .eu domain name is registered, allowing holders to see if a trademark with a similar name is available at the EUIPO.

Additionally, both organisations will work on a common study on application behaviour, to see whether trademarks or domain names are registered first. The study will assist in tackling fraudulent domain names and registrations done in bad faith.

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