Their collective concerns relate to the current wording of the Council of the European Union’s Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trademarks. In particular, they object to the current wording of the Proposal that would result in the addition of “domain names” to the enumerated prohibited uses, for which the proprietor of a registered trade mark has an exclusive right to impose on third parties. (Section 3, Article 10, Paragraph 3(d) of the Proposal). All the groups believe that this would be redundant of Community Trade Mark rights as they already apply to domain names. The also share concerns that this addition would generate confusion among judges inexperienced in Internet technology, and predispose EU member courts to find infringement in cases of legitimate uses of domain names.
Full article: http://www.internetcommerce.org/eu-tm-concerns/