EU-Domains: "frankfurt.eu" gehört Stadt Frankfurt

09.06.2006

Das Prager Schiedsgericht hat in einem aktuellen Urteil (Urt. v. 28.03.2006 - Az.: 00394) entschieden, dass die Domain "frankfurt.eu" der deutschen Stadt Frankurt a.M. gehört.

Der Inhaber der Domain hatte sich auf sein eingetragenes Markenrecht "FRANKF [Und-Zeichen] URT" berufen.

Ähnlich wie schon im Fall "barcelona.eu" (= vgl. die Kanzlei-Infos v. 02.06.2006) stützte sich dabei der Beklagte auf die EURID-Vergaberegeln, wonach "&" als Sonderzeichen zu werten sei und demnach nicht beachtet werde.

Dem hat das Gericht eine klare Absage erteilt:

"The decision taken by the Respondent is in conflict with Section 10 Para 2 and 3 in connection with Section 11 Regulation (EC) No. 874/2004 since Traffic Web Holding B.V. has no prior rights for the registration of the domain name <frankfurt.eu> during Sunrise Phase 1.

The registration on the basis of a prior right shall consist of the registration of the complete name for which the prior right exists according to Section 10 Para 2 Regulation (EC) No. 874/2004. The domain application in dispute <frankfurt.eu>, is not identical with the design trademark “FRANKF & URT”.

The word components “FRANKF” and “URT” are clearly not names of persons such as the complete name of the representative of the Complainant, the law firm “LATHAM & WATKINS”, but only randomized by Traffic Web Holding B.V. in order to try to create a prior right and misleading the Registry within the application procedure for the domain <frankfurt.eu> which indeed belongs to the well known city of Frankfurt.

It is obvious that Traffic Web Holding B.V. did not apply for a word trademark “Frankfurt” since such application would have been refused by the Benelux Trademark Office."