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GT Alert

LAST CHANCE: EU Domain Name Registration! Make sure you are first in line.

November 2005

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On December 7, 2005 the pre-registration term for .eu domain names, for instance will expire. If you are the registered owner of an EU national or a Community trademark you can benefit from this pre-registration. Together with other trademark owners you may try to obtain the domain name that matches your trademark. For instance for machinery and for chairs. However the domain name can only be issued once, so you must act quickly.

Registration will take place through appointed EURid ‘registrars’. Greenberg Traurig together with our associated trademark agency, can connect you with an appropriate ‘registrar’. Application through this ‘registrar’ will maximize your chances of obtaining your desired domain name. In this context we advise you to send us the following documents before November 29, 2005:

  1. completed order form (to be requested from;
  2. an extract from the Commercial Register or a similar document from an EU chamber of commerce evidencing that you (the trademark owner) have a physical presence (an office) in the EU;
  3. evidence of a Community trademark or an EU national trademark, for instance a Benelux trademark registered in your name (please note: a trademark application is not sufficient).

If you are not the registered owner of a trademark in the EU you may still be able to benefit from the pre-registration by filing a Benelux trademark in emergency proceedings. In addition if you, as a trademark owner, do not have a physical presence in the EU, we can have an appropriate trust in the EU file the application on behalf of you. In both cases: please contact us as soon as possible.

As of February 7, 2006, trade names, business identifiers, family names and book titles can also be registered. Finally as of April 7, 2006 anyone can register an .eu domain name.

If you would like the opportunity to benefit from the above, or if you would like additional information, please contact Isabel Wijffels.

For U.S. information contact Susan L. Heller, Paul McGrady, Alan N. Sutin, Lauri Thompson or Steve Wadyka.


© 2005 Greenberg Traurig

Additional Information:

For more information, please review our Intellectual Property Practice description, or feel free to contact one of our attorneys.

This GT ALERT is issued for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as general legal advice. Greenberg Traurig attorneys provide practical, result-oriented strategies and solutions tailored to meet our clients’ individual legal needs.