New stage in the priority registration of domain names in the Cyrillic “.РФ” domain zone.
Legal update No. 148.
As a supplement to our Legal Update of 09 December 2009 No. 95, Goltsblat BLP advises that a new stage has been launched in the priority registration of right holders in the Cyrillic “.РФ” domain zone. Applications from trade mark owners will be accepted from 12 May 2010 to 16 September 2010 (both Cyrillic and Latin trade marks are acceptable), and from other categories of right holder - from 15 July 2010 to 16 September 2010. Priority registration offers the possibility of protecting the interests of IP owners against unfair actions by third parties on the Internet.
The new priority registration stage is governed by the Regulations on Priority Registration of Domain Names in the .РФ Domain For Certain Categories of User, approved by the National Domain Coordination Centre on 15 April 2010.
The owners of the following trade marks (both Russian and international, irrespective of the goods and services for which the mark is registered) are eligible for priority registration:
trade marks with Cyrillic word elements only. In this case, the domain name must fully resemble at least one of the protected word elements of the mark (compared to the rules of the previous registration stage, when a domain name could only be registered if it contained all the word elements of a trade mark);
trade marks containing Cyrillic word elements alongside their transliteration, transcription or translation into another language. In this case, the domain name must be the same as the Cyrillic elements of the mark;
trade marks with Latin word elements only. These marks may be registered as domain names after being transliterated or transcribed into Cyrillic.
Effective 15 July 2010, the following right holders will be able to apply for registration:
trade name owners (provided the domain name fully matches either the full or brief trade name of the company, including its form of incorporation);
owners of designations of origin;
nonprofit organisations (provided the domain name fully matches either the full or brief name of the organisation, including its form of incorporation);
founders of mass-media distributed throughout the territory of the Russian Federation.
To register a Cyrillic domain name under the new rules, the right holder must file an application enclosing documents confirming its legal status and rights with one of the accredited registrars.
Right holders are recommended to take the necessary steps to secure their rights in the Cyrillic domain zone and avoid potential infringements and disputes.
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