LAST CHANCE: EU Domain Name Registration! Make sure you are first in
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On December 7, 2005 the pre-registration term for .eu domain names, for
instance www.gtlaw.eu 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 www.rose.eu for machinery and
www.rose.eu for chairs. However the domain name www.rose.eu 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:
- completed order form (to be requested from
- 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;
- 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
For U.S. information contact
Susan L. Heller,
Alan N. Sutin,
Lauri Thompson or
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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.