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Archived updates for Monday, September 13, 2004

Verisign on Domain Names in the Newly Expanded European Union

This white paper provides an overview of domain name portfolio protection planning in the EU and explores some of the legal issues for trademark holders that are associated with registering and using domain names there. Versign recommends -

• Before registering ccTLDs in the EU, companies should first check to see if existing trademarks could be used to qualify for domain name registrations. Several countries accept trademark registrations and a few will allow applications as well.

• Prior to press releases concerning mergers, acquisitions and new product developments,companies should secure their new brand names using trademarks and domain names.

• Companies should seek professional services for their domain name and trademark registrations. The cost, time and technical structure required to learn and comply with local requirements requires professional expertise. Early registration of trademarks in all
EU countries and new applicants is also recommended.

• To ensure that all domains and trademarks are owned by the company and are properly renewed, companies should make sure that they are properly and consistently managed.

• Companies should be proactive and develop a strict enforcement program to monitor and respond to domain name registrations that infringe on their trademarks.

Register here for VeriSign's Web seminar on Protecting your Trademarks in the European Union, being held on September 15, 2004 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.
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