11-11-05

Registration Period for ".eu" Domain Names Begins 7 December: Launch .eu! The long-awaited launch of ".eu" domain names is now imminent. The "Phased Registration Period" (a.k.a. the "Sunrise Period") begins on 7 December 2005 and runs for four months. Those with "Prior Rights" who wish to register their recognised brand as an ".eu" domain name will have a special grace period designed to avoid so-called "cybersquatting". Phase 1 of the Sunrise Period begins on 7 December 2005 and lasts two months. In this period, only applicants with Prior Rights (a registered national or Community trade mark, or a recognised geographical indication or designation of origin in their name, or any public body) can apply. Examples of expected applicants for the first phase include Marks and Spencer and Woolworths. Phase 2 of the Sunrise Period begins on 7 February 2006 and also lasts two months. In this second period, applications will be accepted from those with trade names, company names, business identifiers, family names, unregistered trade marks and distinctive titles of protected literary and artistic works that correspond directly with the requested domain name. Examples of expected applicants for the second phase include Peter Pan. All applications must be only for the complete name for which the Prior Right exists (e.g. the holder of the trade mark "Clintons Solicitors" can apply only for "clintonssolicitors.eu" and not "Clintons.eu" or "solicitors.eu". Documentary evidence must be provided to support the application and trade mark registration certificates (including those printed from the official online database) will be accepted. On 7 April 2006, the Sunrise Period closes and registrations will be available on a pure first-come-first-served basis without regard to any legal or commercial priority. For example, after 7 April, Clintons could apply to register "solicitors.eu" or any other available word or name.. All applicants must be a company with a registered office, central administration or principal place of business, or be an ordinary person resident, within the EU. The registration fee is likely to be about Ђ10 (plus an additional administration charge) and all applications must be directed to an accredited "Registrar", a list of which is available via the website listed below. Any disputes arising from the application process will be directed to an alternative dispute resolution service made available by the registering authority, EURid. Please do not hesitate to contact Tom Frederikse at Clintons if you require any assistance in applying for an ".eu" domain name. The official EURid website can be accessed at: http://www.eurid.eu/en
Article by Tom Frederikse