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Google v igoogle cybersquatter: 2-0
A few interesting points of difference with the WIPO system are notable here. Under the Greek Domain Name Regulation, the cancelled domain name is not transferred to or reserved for the successful complainant, but rather is left to the public domain, so that anyone can freely register it. In practice, however, EETT, will advise the complainant immediately after the domain name is canceled so that he can proceed with the registration in his own name, which minimizes the risk of any unpleasant surprises. The rationale behind this “non-transfer” policy option points to the second difference with WIPO. Under the current Greek Domain Name Regulation (and unlike the previous one) EETT will not cancel a registered domain name on the basis of confusing similarity with earlier trademarks or unregistered signs; it will only cancel a domain name on the ground of bad faith registration (and also for ‘absolute grounds of refusal’ such as descriptiveness etc.). News of Google Inc.'s success in Greece were reported in World Trademark Review by Eleni Lappa, Dr Helen Papaconstantinou John V Filias & Associates Athens and brought to the attention of this Class46 member by the ever-watchful Jeremy Phillips.
Posted by: Nikos Prentoulis @ 19.07
Tags: Domain name disputes, EETT, Google, Greece, igoogle, WIPO,
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