Discussion in 'Domain Appraisals' started by accelerator, Jul 30, 2005.
Are .eu domain names worth going for? What are people's thoughts?
I'd say they'll be at least as popular as .biz/ .info I expect that many public bodies will want to use them. A good portfolio should include a few .eu generics.
I've got around 10 'pre-booked' with the likes of 123reg.
I have pre-registered about 20 names and think it worth having .eu domains in your portfolio. It is the creation of an extension, so you could get nice names for cheap... I am the webmaster of www.eudomains.org, where you can find useful information about the .eu domain names.
whats the crack with eu domains - can I just register anything or is there something special/different with them?
You can read the following articles I published on eudomains.org:
Who can register a .eu domain names?
I hope it helps ;-)
I was just looking at the list of Accredited Registrars for .eu domains at:
Does anyone have any recommendations on who to use? Or comments on best value / customer service?
I am using Eurodns. They were one of the first accredited registrars. I can give you a contact there if you have any question to ask them.
From EURID http://www.eurid.org website was directed to http://www.arbcourt.cz/adreu/001.htm then
EU dispute resolution rules http://www.arbcourt.cz/adreu/eu-dispute-resolution-rules_public-consultion_050727.doc
In section 12 (Basis for Decision) the domain name can be taken away
if the Respondent has not used the domain name in a relevant way for at least two years from the date of registration.
Does parking with Sedo or others count as relevant use ?
Trademark holders get first crack in the Sunrise period. All the best domain names have probably gone as people have registered trademarks in the last 5 years when .EU was first announced. When is the cut-off date for trademarks to qualify. Is it too late to register a trademark ?
Sedo is becoming an important actor of the domain name industry and I don't think they would be excluded from having their advertising on eu domains. The keywords included in the ads should give proof of a relevant use. Also I am not sure they will apply this rule as there would be thousands of domains to monitor...
I am sure that a good lawyer would be able to tell you wheter you could apply a trademark and be sure to get the .eu domain you want :wink:. It is rather complicated situation as several companies in the 25 european states can claim the same .eu domain. Just think of the sauce HP and Hewlett-Packard, which one will get HP.eu ?
Interesting document about the validation process of .eu domains: http://www.eurid.eu/documents/eprocess/download
.EU Domains questions
Re confiscation because a .EU domain name was not used "relevantly". It is naive to think that this rule will not be applied because there would be thousands of domains to monitor........
The rule is there for a reason - to assist a single challenger to challenge any particular domain name.
Not sure you understood the second part question.
Rephrased, the question was:
For a trademark holder to be eligible to register the .EU domain name during the Sunrise period what is the latest date that the trademark must be registered before ?
The European Commision approved the introduction of the .EU domain name in March 2002.
The .EU registry could have stated that only trademark holders with registered trademarks registered before 2002 (the date of their announcement) would qualify to register during the Sunrise period.
If instead the .EU registry now state that all trademarks registered prior to say September 2005 qualify, then all the best generic .EU domains names will probably go during the Sunrise period to people and companies who have rushed to register trademarks in the past few years since .EU was first announced.
As an example take SEX
Will the registered trademark for SEX registered October 2003 over a year after the announcement be eligible to submit an application?
If someone had a trademark for SEX registered in July 2005 would this be eligible?
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