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.

Nothing much more has been registered, though. Right after it was announced that the office would change its name into EUIPO (April of last year) another company already registered EUIPO.NL, EUIPO.UK, and EUIPO.LEGAL. The company claims to use these sites to provide information on the change in regulations. In a response to this the office claims that they will keep a close eye on these websites to ensure there is no misleading taking place. Considering the legal costs involved in this, it would have been much better if the domain names were claimed by the office beforehand.


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