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Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…WARNING OVER EU DOMAIN NAMESPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, December 1st 2015
A CARLISLE solicitor is warning businesses about the impending introduction of .eu domain names.

Internet domain names are generally handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, says Baines Wilson solicitor Bob Elliott, which can lead to a risk of conflict between firms and so-called “cyber-squatters”.

The new .eu suffix is due to be introduced on December 7 as an alternative to .co.uk and .com domains, with an initial two- month “sunrise period”. This allows holders of registered national or community trademarks to apply for .eu domain names first. Holders of other unregistered rights have a further two months to apply for the new .eu domain before the free-for-all starts on April 7, 2016.

Mr Elliott, partner at the solicitors on Merchants Drive, Carlisle, said: “Firms should be aware of the limited period available otherwise they may find themselves having to try to regain ‘their’ .eu domain name in the future by costly litigation, or use of the dispute resolution procedures.”

Domain company EURid is overseeing the process. For more information visit www.eurid.eu.

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