Brexit: Among the ccTLDs, the .EU is not the Only Issue

It is now widely known that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. This will impact all fields of IP law, and domain names are also concerned.
The European Commission recently released a communication in relation to .eu domain names. The communication states that:
“undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.”
In order to safeguard the IP rights of our clients over domain names, the team of IP lawyers at IP Twins has proceeded with an audit of the local presence requirements of all European ccTLDs. The rules of registration of domain names state that the owner of domain names under the following extensions must be located in the European Union:
  • .bg
  • .eu
  • .fr
  • .hr
  • .hu
  • .it
  • .se
  • .sk
Domains not assigned to IP Twins or a European company may be deleted by the Registries as from 29 March 2019 to comply with the corresponding regulations. However, IP Twins is committed to securing the domain names of our clients, and we will offer trustee services for these domain names.
Please contact your account manager should you have any additional query.