jorge Asked... 0 votes
Q. Are "Geo" domains subject to trademark protection?
Are Geographical names like Paris.com and Argentina.com subject to trademark protection?
Pekka Answered... 2 votes
This depends heavily on jurisdiction. I know for a fact that german courts don't give a rat's ass about what the UDRP says if both complainer and complainee reside (or are business entities) in Germany and the domain name in question is the registered name of a city, town or village ("Berlin", "Stuttgart"). Which TLD is in question doesn't matter. The municipal authority associated with the geographic name will usually be awarded the right to the name. I think Germany is not the only country where such precendents exist.3/9/2010 12:45:47 AM -08:00
jorge Answered... 0 votes
According to this article on Elliot's blog, trademark protection does not apply to Geo Domains for UDRP.1/8/2010 5:26:20 PM -08:00