Up until now there has not been much attention for the launch of the new domain name extensions in the Benelux. Worldwide, however, there is a true war going on where only the strongest win. Important new alternatives for the .COM extensions are .APP, .ONLINE, .STORE en .SHOP. »domain-names
In almost complete silence the extension .AMSTERDAM was launched last March. We believe this extension does deserve attention because it will be an important alternative to the .nl extension in the Netherlands. From June 1 to August 14 companies may register for a domain name. »domain-names
After a test phase of three months the .FRL extension (for Friesland, a province of the Netherlands) was launched. A hundred prominent Frisian organizations (such as Boomsma, van de Beerenburg and province Fryslân) have converted their old .nl website to the new .FRL. Of course .FRL is also open to companies and persons who are from outside of Friesland. »domain-names
Mark Retera (winner of the comic prize 2004) has been publishing the comic book Dirkjan since 1989. The main character Dirkjan has been registered as a trademark in the Benelux since 2013. The domain name DIRKJAN.NL has been registered in 1999 and acquired by defendant in 2011. In the period between 2004 and 2009 the defendant has published the comic. When the cooperation ceases, defendant refuses to transfer the domain name. The domain name redirects to defendant’s website, where he sells Dirkjan comics, but also other comics. »domain-names
Since March, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) started. A database of trademark holders can register their trademarks. Its purpose is to enable proprietors to quickly and easily apply for an application in the sunrise phase at the launch of the new top-level domain names (like. SHOP,. CAR etc). After a very slow start, the applications are starting to increase. Currently there are some 10,000 registered trademarks. »domain-names
MENTOS has been selling chewing gum under the name MENTOS PURE FRESH for several years. In order to protect her rights MENTOS has registered the following trademarks: the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH, the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH 3 and a figurative depiction of the word PURE.
Defendant sells chewing gum under the trademark DENTYNE PURE and has registered its logo as a trademark.
Infringement or not?