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Domain name hijacking AJAX.FOOTBALL

Since 2013 many new domain name extensions have been launched. One of them is .FOOTBALL (especially for Football teams). From June 2015, the domain name became available to the public, for 19 Euros per year. Last autumn the domain name AJAX.FOOTBALL is registered by a third party (not Ajax or its fan club). This person sends an email to Ajax offering to transfer the domain name for the amount of 6.500 Euros. » internet-online-branding

European Trademark office and hijackers - EUIPO.NL and EUIPO.LEGAL

The European Trademark office (OHIM) will change its name on March 23 into EUIPO. Since trademark owners are confronted with many “ghost invoice” (invoices that are fake but claim to be from official organizations), it is important that the domain names are not owned by these people. For this reason OHIM registered the following domain names in the last few months: EUIPO.EU, EUIPO.ORG, EUIPO.NET en EUIPO.ES. » internet-online-branding

OK tank stations do not get domain name

Fuelplaza exploits gas stations under the name OK. The company registered the logo OK in 1983 in the Benelux. On the internet the company is found at ok-olie.nl. Because ok.nl is a much better name the company approached Goas in 2007, 2013 and 2014 to buy the domain name. This was unsuccessful, and eventually a resolution was sought in court.Fuelplaza invokes its trademark rights. Because there is not an active website, consumers would assume that the company is not active. This may affect the reputation of the company. » internet-online-branding

Competitorís trademark as Adword

Google often offers trademarks from competitors as Adword, however, does this mean you may actually use them too? City Box offers (temporary) storage space for goods. The company has registered her logo and the word CITY BOX as a trademark in the Benelux. Boxaround is a competitor. Through the internet this company also offers storage space for rent.In order to promote its services online Boxaround starts a campaign with Google. The words CITY BOX and CITYBOX are purchased as Adwords in order to promote the online campaign. » internet-online-branding

Trade in domain names: OK tank stations do not get domain name.

A good domain name can have great commercial value. There are many companies that register domain names and subsequently sell it for great profits. In order to force a transfer of the domain name there are two options. One can choose to start a procedure with WIPO (a simple procedure to act against domain name hijacking, especially when the domain names are obviously based on a company’s trademark). The second option is to start a court procedure. In the past few years courts have, more and more, given an opinion on whether or not it is allowed to register a domain name of someone else’s trademark. That's the main qustion in the courtcase started by Fuelplaza, to obtain the registered domain name OK.NL » internet-online-branding
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PURE - MENTOS

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?
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