Amended domain name regulations enter into force

The amended domain name regulations, which are intended to shorten and simplify the registration process, entered into force in Hungary on June 1 2011.

Trademark owners now have eight days - instead of 14 - to object if a third party tries to register a domain name that violates their rights. All applications are announced on the website maintained by the Council of Hungarian Internet Providers, so trademark owners can easily object to possible infringements.

However, the registration of priority requests - that is, if the domain name to be registered is identical to a registered trademark owned by the applicant or to the full or abbreviated company name of the applicant - is no longer available.

As was the case before the amendments, applicants have to be:
  • EU citizens; and/or
  • private persons with the right of residence in Hungary; and/or
  • legal entities registered by a court or other competent authority; and/or
  • the owners of trademarks registered with the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office or of trademarks that have been granted protection in Hungary.
Zoltán Kovári, PETOŠEVIC, Budapest  

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