Launch .AMSTERDAM

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.

If they are the only applicant the domain name will be granted. Should there be other applications there is a certain ranking to decide who gets the extension. This ranking is as follows: Governments go before companies and companies before people. Important in this is that everyone who is located in Amsterdam is ahead in the ranking. Should there be multiple entities with the same ranking an auction will be held. Many generic domain names have a special tariff. Starting August 15 anyone may register their domain name on a first come first served basis.

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Puma is one of the bigger sports and lifestyle brands in the world. The core-business is the design, development and sale of (sports) shoes, (sports) clothing and accessories. In 1960, Puma registered an international trademark for a device designed in 1958: the formstrip. Since then, Puma has registered approximately 90 formstrip trademarks with validity in the Benelux or the European Union. Puma claims that this is a serial mark. Monshoe is a wholesaler of women's shoes and related products. The company designs and develops Monshoe shoes which it largely markets itself. Monshoe sells its women's shoes under the brands Shoecolate and Pearlz. The shoe Shoecolate is offered in various colour combinations. Puma claims that Monshoe infringes its well-known formstrip trademark. Monshoe contradicts this and states that the average consumer will not perceive the device of Monshoe on the sneakers as a trademark. And if the public will recognize a trademark in the decoration, it will not make the connection to Puma. According to Monshoe, the formstrip logo is not a well-known trademark within the meaning of the BVIE and the UMVo. There is no likelihood of confusion because the sign does not or hardly evoke any association with Puma among the public. In light of the above, who is right? Does this constitute decorative use or linking to a well-known trademark?