EUIPO to finally tackle cyberquatting issues
Back in 2016, IP Twins released a communication on the increase of cybersquatting of trademark applications before the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Indeed, EUIPO currently publishes trademark applications as soon as they are filed. Cybersquatters only have to scan the EUIPO website for new application and automatically register the corresponding .COM domains in seconds, preventing the trademark applicant from registering the domain name.
While domain names do not fall under the EUIPO’s jurisdiction, the Office decided to take action to tackle the potential risks of conflict between trademark applications and domain names registrations.
The Office is considering delaying the publication of the trademark applications by up to 24 hours to allow the applicant to register the corresponding domain name in the aftermath, hence reducing the likelihood of cybersquatting.
This change of the EUIPO rules is currently under study by the Office who is seeking feedback from the industry.
IP Twins is committed to protecting our client’s IP rights and we welcome this potential change. We shared our experience and our client’s feedback with EUIPO, together with our recommendations to raise awareness among trademark applicants.
We will keep you informed if and when the Office updates its rules on this matter.