Region: Netherlands

SIDN releases 2014 growth rate figures for '.nl' domain names

SIDN, the registry responsible for ‘.nl’, has announced that it had 5,531,186 domain names under management at the end of 2014, representing an increase of 2.7% compared to 2013. However, this rate of growth is slightly down compared to the figures from 2013, and one of the contributing factors to the slowdown in net growth has been the increase in the number of cancelled domain names.

20 February 2015

Segment the Internet and connect the dots: a guide on how to protect a brand online

Featured in Online Brand Enforcement 2015

The Internet is all about opportunities, freedom and boundless communication. People and companies all over the planet are connected as never before. To put it simply, the Internet means new perspectives. Unfortunately, it is equally about risk.

12 February 2015


Featured in Designs 2015: A Global Guide

Benelux (comprising Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) has unified law, meaning that it is possible to acquire design rights only for the three countries together.

11 December 2014

Norid and SIDN consider making '.bv' available to Dutch companies

Norid and SIDN - the registry operators for the Norwegian and Dutch ccTLDs - are in discussions about the possibility of making the ‘.bv’ domain name extension (the ccTLD for Bouvet Island) available to the Dutch market. In the Netherlands, the term ‘BV’ is the abbreviation of ‘Besloten Vennootschap’, the Dutch version of a private limited liability company; as such, ‘.bv’ holds a certain attraction for Dutch companies.

20 November 2014

Number of '.nl' domain names registered in 2013 down 13%

SIDN, the registry responsible for the running of the ‘.nl’ ccTLD, has announced that growth was down 13% in 2013 when compared to 2012, with 5,338,364 domain names registered at the end of 2013 compared to 5,115,652 across the same period in 2012. This trend was observed across a large number of ccTLDs during the same period.

09 June 2014

Court of Appeal considers concepts of 'use' and 'bad faith'

The Court of Appeal of The Hague has dismissed the claims of Chinese cigarette trader Zhu against Dutch company Promodyne and its Chinese business partner Great Blue Sky. At the centre of the dispute was Zhu’s claim that Great Blue Sky had registered a CTM in bad faith. In reaching its conclusion, the court referred to the decision of the ECJ in <I>Lindt</I> and to the opinion of Advocate General Kokott in <I>Winters v Red Bull</I>.

04 March 2014

Supreme Court: mere filling of cans does not constitute trademark use

Following the decision of the ECJ in <i>Frisdranken Industrie Winters BV v Red Bull GmbH</i>, the Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the mere filling of cans for energy drinks bearing a sign which is similar to a protected trademark does not constitute use of that mark where the cans were supplied by another party which affixed the sign to the cans and on whose instructions the cans were filled.

29 January 2014

Supreme Court: famous vodka trademarks belong to Russia

Dutch company Spirits International has been defeated in the Supreme Court in its longstanding legal battle with Russian federal company FKP over the ownership of two Benelux trademark registrations for the Vodka marks STOLICHNAYA and MOSKOVSKAYA. The Supreme Court referred to the decisions of the ECJ in <i>Malaysia Dairy</i> and <i>Lindt</i> regarding the concept of bad faith.

24 January 2014

SIDN introduces new security measures

SIDN, the registry responsible for the running of the ‘.nl’ namespace, has extended its ‘.nl’ Control service so that it now enables ‘.nl’ domain name registrants to prevent unauthorised changes to the glue records for their domain names. This new feature has been introduced further to an increasing number of DNS server hacks.

13 January 2014

POPSTARS marks held to be invalid

In the dispute over the name of the television programme <i>The Next Popstar</i>, the District Court of The Hague has cancelled the registrations for the POPSTARS marks on the ground that they were descriptive, and held that POPSTARS was not a generally well-known mark within the meaning of Article 6<i>bis</i> of the Paris Convention. The decision is interesting in that the court held that only very well-known trademarks can obtain protection under Article 6<i>bis</i>.

18 November 2013

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